Essential workers; hazard pay, employers to provide personal protective equipment, civil penalty. (HB5130)

Introduced By

Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), and Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Essential workers; hazard pay; personal protective equipment; civil penalty. Requires, that following the declaration by the Governor of a state of emergency pursuant to § 44-146.17 that includes or is followed by any additional executive order in furtherance of such declaration that includes a stay at home or shelter in place order, employers shall (i) compensate its essential workers at a rate not less than one and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay for any hours worked during the closure order and (ii) provide its essential workers with personal protective equipment related to the state of emergency and recommended for the relevant work site or job task by the Department of Labor and Industry, the Department of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The bill defines essential worker as those employed as health care providers or by an essential retail business. The bill includes civil penalties and provides a cause of action for an employer's failure to pay the required hazard pay, which are the same as currently provided for failing to pay wages generally. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/25/2020Presented and ordered printed 20200391D
08/25/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
11/09/2020Left in Labor and Commerce