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Coronavirus Affecting State Policy Making

As the state deadline for bill signings approached, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced many legislative signings on April 12.  In proposing amendments and executing these bills, the governor referenced the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and taking action to help Virginia workers address the current crisis as well as plan for economic recovery.

Governor Northam proposed increasing the minimum wage starting May 1, 2021, and advancing prevailing wage, collective bargaining, and project labor agreement legislation as well. He stated that the intent behind this legislation was to help workers get the support they need while allowing greater economic certainty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, Governor Northam proposed amendments to prohibit apprenticeship discrimination based on gender identity and to create a work-sharing program to support workers impacted by COVID-19. 

Some state legislatures have recessed due to the pandemic with plans to reconvene later in the year. Like Virginia, many states may address the impact of COVID-19 during these recessed regular sessions or Special Sessions this year.

©2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. All rights reserved. National Law Review, Volume X, Number 107
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Robert Maples, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Government Policy
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Robert Y. Maples is experienced in the Washington, D.C. federal, state and public affairs arenas. He has also been an advocate for building pragmatic alliances to resolve major social issues and has pioneered strategies for addressing complex public affairs crises in collaborative versus confrontational contexts. He continues his advocacy of pragmatic alliances in furtherance of client/government collaborations among the Congress and federal agencies, and serves as state counsel on complex client public policy matters. He is experienced in complex problem solving in...

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