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HR Law Alert: Virginia Increases Minimum Wage and Requires Training for Hotel Employees

The following changes to Virginia employment law apply as of January 1, 2023.

Minimum Wage
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.

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