Nonpayment of wages; defense of contractor. (SB538)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Nonpayment of wages; defense of contractor. Provides that a general contractor or subcontractor, regardless of tier, may submit as evidence in defending against a claim for nonpayment a written certification, under oath, from any lower-tier subcontractor stating that (i) the subcontractor and each of his sub-subcontractors has paid all employees all wages due for the period during which the wages are claimed for the work performed on the project and (ii) to the subcontractor's knowledge, all sub-subcontractors below the subcontractor, regardless of tier, have similarly paid their employees all such wages. This bill is identical to HB 889. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102773D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/26/2022Rereferred from Judiciary (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2022Rereferred to Commerce and Labor
01/28/2022Assigned C&L sub: Labor and Employment
02/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB538)
02/03/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2022Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Committee substitute printed 22105298D-S1
02/08/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Read second time
02/09/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105298D-S1
02/09/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB538S1
02/10/2022Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB538S1)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
02/22/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2022Reported from Commerce and Energy with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2022Committee substitute printed 22106854D-H1
02/24/2022Read second time
02/25/2022Read third time
02/25/2022Committee substitute rejected 22106854D-H1
02/25/2022Passed House (65-Y 34-N)
02/25/2022VOTE: Passage (65-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB538ER)
03/01/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House reprinted (SB538ER)
03/01/2022Signed by Speaker
03/02/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB538ER)
03/02/2022Signed by President
03/11/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022
03/11/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/27/2022Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022House concurred in Governor's recommendation (72-Y 27-N)
04/27/2022VOTE: Adoption (72-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/27/2022Reenrolled bill text (SB538ER2)
04/27/2022Signed by President as reenrolled
04/27/2022Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/27/2022Enacted, Chapter 726 (effective 7/1/22)
04/27/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0726)

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