Minimum wage; increases to $8.50 per hour on July 1, 2020, to $9.75 per hour on July 2, 2021. (SB816)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


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 $8.50 per hour, effective July 1, 2020; to $9.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2021; to $11 per hour, effective July 1, 2022; to $12.25 per hour, effective July 1, 2023; to $13.50 per hour, effective July 1, 2024; and to $15 per hour, effective July 1, 2025, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to public employees. Read the Bill »


01/27/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103850D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB816)
01/27/2020Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB7-Saslaw) (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)


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.

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