HOUSING, WORKING & BUSINESS

Gov. Ralph Northam says a rent and mortgage relief program will be ready to launch Monday, the same day courts around the state can begin hearing a backlog of more than 12,000 eviction cases that were put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.Advocates called it an impossibly tight turnaround,...
They didn’t take any final votes or even discuss the content of the proposed regulations, but a state board weighing what could become the country’s first pandemic workplace safety rules agreed in principal Wednesday to press ahead with the sweeping new mandates.“In this moment, I think we need to...
The Virginia Employment Commission said Thursday it’s cut off unemployment benefits to more than 12,000 people the agency says have refused to return to work.“As employers have resumed operations, many have attempted to recall furloughed or laid-off employees to work,” the agency said in a statement. “While certain circumstances,...
Virginia workplace safety regulators are proposing emergency COVID-19 rules for businesses that would make social distancing mandatory and require employers to notify their employees within 24 hours if a coworker tests positive for the virus.The proposed rules, published Friday and scheduled to go before the state Safety and Health...
Spare no tears for Advance America, Virginia’s largest payday loan operator. The company has now decided to flee the commonwealth before new, tougher regulations passed by the General Assembly begin next year. You can bet the more than 80,000 Virginians who got payday loans, just in 2018 alone, from Advance...
By Chris McKinleyWhether the borrower is from the suburbs of Alexandria or a rural town in Virginia’s coal country, access to fairly priced consumer credit that permits both sustainable lending markets and affordable repayment terms for consumers is more important today in the COVID-19 environment than ever. Affordable and accessible...
The Supreme Court of Virginia ordered local courts Monday to stop hearing eviction cases through at least the end of the month.Chief Justice Don Lemons wrote that the action came at the request of Gov. Ralph Northam “to allow the Commonwealth time to implement its comprehensive rent relief program...
For two straight weeks, fewer people have filed for weekly unemployment insurance benefits in Virginia than the week prior.Ongoing unemployment claims began rising mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic spread to Virginia, peaking on May 10, with a record 403,557 people seeking weekly jobless benefits, which now include an extra...
Virginia occupational safety inspectors have opened investigations into seven employee deaths related to COVID-19 and four hospitalizations, according to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.The department said more investigations are forthcoming following reports of three additional COVID-19 related employee deaths.The cases represent the state’s first formal inspections of...
Gov. Ralph Northam has directed the state labor commissioner to develop emergency workplace regulations addressing on-the-job safety concerns that have prompted thousands of employee complaints since the COVID-19 pandemic began.“These new workplace safety standards will apply to employers and should include use of personal protective equipment, sanitation, record keeping...