Seafood Industry Employment Ombudsman; office created. (SB358)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Seafood Industry Employment Ombudsman; office created. Directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to appoint a Seafood Industry Employment Ombudsman (the Ombudsman) and establish an Office of the Seafood Industry Employment Ombudsman (the Office) to assist employees and employers in the seafood industry in understanding their rights and the processes available to them, including rights and processes available according to the laws and regulations governing temporary worker visas. The bill requires that the Ombudsman is an attorney and provides that the Ombudsman and Office personnel are immune from civil liability in their performance of their duties. The bill also requires the Office to maintain the confidentiality of records and exempts confidential materials and communications from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Finally, the bill authorizes the Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of the bill. Read the Bill »


01/11/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100238D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

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