The following changes to Virginia employment law apply as of January 1, 2023.
The state’s minimum wage will increase to $12 per hour. The minimum base wage for tipped employees remains at $2.13 per hour.
Human Trafficking Training for Hotel Employees
Hotel employers of any size must train employees how to recognize and report suspected human trafficking. Employees must be trained if they:
– Have regular interactions with guests (for example, front desk staff and bartenders),
– Can access guest rooms, or
– Manage other employees.
Employees must be trained within six months of starting work or June 30, 2023, whichever is later. Employees must be re-trained every two years. The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services will provide or approve a free training course for employers to use. We recommend checking their website in the next few months.