July 1 st has arrived and hundreds of new laws, passed during the 2020 Session of the Virginia General Assembly, become effective today. Included below are several resources for members of the Home Builders Association of Virginia to learn more about the new laws related to housing, land-use, development, construction, environmental regulations, labor and other topics - and also some reminders about what bills did not become law this year.

Earlier this year, we released the HBAV General Assembly Review which highlights over 50 of the 250 bills that we sought to pass, defeat, or amend during the 2020 Session. As you can see, the General Assembly considered a wide array of legislation related to the single-family and multi-family residential land development and construction industry

The Division of Legislative Services has released it’s annual In Due Course – 2020 Changes to Virginia’s Laws publication which is a selection of legislation passed by the 2020 Session of the General Assembly that is likely to affect the daily lives of citizens in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Tax has released the  2020 Legislative Summary   which provides an overview of state and local tax legislation enacted by the 2020 Session of the Virginia General Assembly. Please review the Department’s overview  here  for any changes that may impact your personal or business tax liability.

HBAV’s General Counsel, Williams Mullen, recently published an overview of Virginia’s new Wage Theft Law. “ Virginia Wage Theft Law Brings New Duties and Steep Penalties for General Contractors” examines a series of bills signed by Governor Northam related to the non-payment of wages. These changes to Virginia’s wage payment laws significantly increase potential penalties against employers who fail to properly pay employees wages, and the laws also stack additional burdens on general contractors to ensure that their subcontractors are adhering to the law. This alert highlights several critical changes that Virginia employers – particularly those who work with subcontractors – need to know and be prepared for. Click here to read more.

The Washington Post , Virginian-Pilot , Associated Press , Richmond Times-Dispatch , and the Roanoke Times have also published articles about Virginia’s new laws.