HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

A year and a half after a federal court overturned a state air permit allowing pipeline developers to construct a gas compressor station in the majority-Black community of Union Hill on the grounds that environmental justice concerns hadn’t been adequately considered, the ruling continues to cast a long shadow...
Measures aimed at limiting evictions amid the pandemic will come to an end this summer unless renewed by state and federal leaders. At the federal level, a Centers for Disease Control moratorium was struck down by a judge in the District of Columbia, who ruled the agency overstepped its authority....
Here’s a story for all the folks who thought Virginia shouldn’t have raised its minimum wage this month to $9.50 an hour, from the previous rate of $7.25. It’s the first increase in a dozen years in Virginia, which had followed the federal standard.  Yours truly entered the workforce back...
The Virginia Employment Commission asked a judge this week for extra time to respond to a class-action lawsuit over long delays processing jobless claims. The request drew a mocking response from the plaintiffs’ lawyers and was largely rejected by a federal judge, who limited the extension to just four days....
The first of three minimum wage increases approved by Virginia lawmakers will take effect Saturday, guaranteeing the state’s lowest paid workers an hourly rate of $9.50 an hour. While some businesses warned the hikes will force them to layoff workers and cut hours, low-wage employees celebrated the coming raises. “I just...
The Virginia Mercury took nine first-place awards and one of its journalists earned a top individual honor in the 2020 Virginia Press Association competition. Mercury reporter Ned Oliver was named the year's outstanding journalist for his work covering how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Virginia's most vulnerable people. That included stories...
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order Tuesday to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $15 an hour, according to senior administration officials. The order will go into effect Jan. 30 of next year, according to a fact sheet provided by the administration....
Despite assurances that state officials were working to address long delays in processing unemployment claims, Virginia continues to rank last in the country in key performance metrics tracked by the U.S. Department of Labor. The federal data shows the situation has only gotten worse as the pandemic continued, even as...
Writing this column in a Richmond suburb, I expect instant responses to data inquiries from across the Internet. And, far more often than not, I get them. Fiber-optic digital access (which ain’t cheap) also allows me to stream movies, shop the virtual marketplace, conduct business videoconferences and correspond at light...
Part-time employees won’t be included in Virginia’s new auto-IRA program after a contingent of Senate Democrats rejected Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposal to broaden an initiative meant to encourage more lower-income workers to save for retirement. The program, set to take effect no sooner than 2023, will require businesses that don’t...