Essential workers; hazard pay, employer to provide personal protective equipment, civil penalty. (HB2015)

Introduced By

Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Candi King (D-Woodbridge), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton


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 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 each of their essential workers at a rate not less than one and one-half times the essential worker's regular rate of pay for any hours worked during the closure order and (ii) provide their essential workers with personal protective equipment related to the state of emergency and recommended for the relevant work site or job task by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, the State Department of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The bill defines "essential worker" as an individual employed as a health care provider, home care provider, or airport worker or by an essential retail business, as specified in the bill. The bill subjects violators to the same civil penalties, and provides the same cause of action for an employer's failure to pay the required hazard pay, as are currently imposed for failing to pay wages generally. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102823D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/14/2021Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2021Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Committee substitute printed 21103600D-H1
01/28/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2021Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2015)
02/01/2021Passed by indefinitely in Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)