Minimum wage; increases to $9 per hour effective January 1, 2021. (HB433)

Introduced By

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Minimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour effective January 1, 2021; to $11.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022; to $13.00 per hour effective January 1, 2023; and to $15.00 per hour effective January 1, 2024, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective January 1, 2025, the minimum wage shall be adjusted annually to reflect annual increases in the consumer price index. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to persons employed by the Commonwealth, its agencies or political subdivisions, or a public body. This bill was incorporated into HB 395. Read the Bill »


01/30/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/03/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103289D
01/03/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/26/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB395-Ward)
01/30/2020Incorporated by Labor and Commerce (HB395-Ward)


Derek S., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

While I do think that $15/hr in the state of Virginia is perhaps too much, I'll always vote to increase it.

A living wage in VA is actually around $12 last I checked. But in 5 years things could change to where $15 could be feasible.

We'll make it work one way or another.

Bill P writes:

Why not let employers and employees negotiate their pay?
Gov mandated wages and prices never work well.
Disagree? Let's see an example of success.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

I mean, the United States over the last...uh...century seems like a strong example.

Dianne Rencsok writes:

People paid minimum wage, don't see that amount in their paycheck. Income, Medicare and Social Security tax come out first. Although they will get the Income tax back as a refund, they need to be able to afford living until then.
Employers will have to raise prices, but if you will pay $4 for a hamburger you could make at home for less than a dollar, you can afford the increase.