Labor and Employment Law

Labor and Employment Law

The Labor and Employment Law Division administers and enforces the laws of the Commonwealth that govern employee pay, the employment of children, the right to work, and certain other statutes that relate to the workplace.

Payment of Wage Unit

The Division’s Payment of Wage Unit investigates complaints concerning unpaid wages, certain anti-retaliation statutes, and various other labor laws in the Commonwealth.

  • File a claim for unpaid wages
  • File a claim for retaliation
  • File a complaint regarding other labor laws



Youth Employment Law

The Division’s Child Labor Unit administers and enforces the Commonwealth’s laws and regulations related to the employment of youth, including the issuance of Employment Certificates

  • Apply for a Youth Employment Certificate
  • Apply for a Theatrical Permit
  • Report a suspected violation of child labor laws



Prevailing Wage Unit

The Division’s Prevailing Wage Unit administers and enforces the Commonwealth’s laws and regulations concerning the rates of pay of employees working under certain contracts and subcontracts for public works in Virginia.

  • Request prevailing wage rates for a project
  • Request an additional wage classification



Virginia Labor Laws

The Division enforces and provides general information about various laws and regulations concerning employment in the Commonwealth.


Human Trafficking

The Division enforces the posting of notice of a human trafficking hotline by truck stops and adult entertainment businesses.

Contact Us


Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
6606 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230

Phone Number

Office: (804) 786-2706
Fax: (804) 371-4643

Email Address

General Questions:

You may pay for your inspection certificate invoice online. Accepted methods of payment include:

  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Electronic Check (E-Check)
  • Electronic Transfer (EDI)
  • Money Order
  • Cash IS NOT accepted

If you wish to pay by credit card or e-check, you will need certain information from your invoice, including invoice number and the Virginia number (VA number) of one of the objects. The VA number can be found on the table that appears on the invoice. You will only need to provide one VA number, even if your invoice lists several object numbers.

For all other methods of payment, please follow the instructions on the invoice and the remittance form you received.

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