January 6, 2021
Grocery store employees, like people who work in the Safeway in Old Town Alexandria, qualify as workers at essential retail businesses under the governor's Executive Order 72. Under a bill introduced by Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-31), they would be guaranteed five paid sick days a year.
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Advocates for paid sick days try to build support among Virginia Senate Democrats
Before the pandemic hit, Senate Democrats stopped a proposal requiring businesses to offer paid sick days. During the pandemic, they rejected it again during a special session. Now as lawmakers prepare for the upcoming General Assembly session, advocates are hoping they've finally got a strategy to persuade reluctant Senate Democrats to approve a new law increasing the number of workers in Virginia who have access to paid sick days.