Minimum wage; clarifies definition of wages. (HB296)

Introduced By

Del. Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Minimum wage; definition of wages. Amends the definition of "wages" for the purposes of the Virginia Minimum Wage Act such that "wages" includes the reasonable cost to an employer of providing payments for health care benefits to an employee, provided that the employee is paid a cash wage at a rate not less than the greater of $11.00 per hour or the federal minimum wage. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100725D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
01/18/2022Assigned sub: Subcommittee #2
01/20/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
01/25/2022Reported from Commerce and Energy with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2022Committee substitute printed 22104920D-H1
01/27/2022Read first time
01/28/2022Passed by for the day
01/31/2022Read second time
01/31/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22104920D-H1
01/31/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB296H1
02/01/2022Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/01/2022VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB296H1)
02/21/2022Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB320.


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OPPOSE this bill that would freeze Virginia's minimum wage at $11.00 by repealing the provisions of law that would increase it going forward.

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