§ 2.2-3009 Policy
§ 2.2-3010 Definitions
§ 2.2-3010.1 Discrimination and retaliatory actions against citizen whistle blowers prohibited; good faith required; other remedies
§ 2.2-3011 Discrimination and retaliatory actions against whistle blowers prohibited; good faith required; remedies
§ 2.2-3012 Application of state or local grievance procedure; other remedies
§ 2.2-3013 Notice to employees of whistle blower protection
§ 2.2-3014 Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower Reward Fund

Terms Used In Virginia Code > Title 2.2 > Subtitle I > Part E > Chapter 30.1

  • Abuse: means an employer's or employee's conduct or omissions that result in substantial misuse, destruction, waste, or loss of funds or resources belonging to or derived from federal, state, or local government sources. See Virginia Code 2.2-3010
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appropriate authority: means a federal, state, or local agency or organization having jurisdiction over criminal law enforcement, regulatory violations, professional conduct or ethics, or abuse; or a member, officer, agent, representative, or supervisory employee of the agency or organization. See Virginia Code 2.2-3010
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Board: means the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services. See Virginia Code 3.2-100
  • Center: means the business registration and permitting center established by this section and located in and under the administrative control of the Department. See Virginia Code 2.2-1617
  • Certificate: means a document issued or authorized by the Commissioner indicating that a regulated article is not contaminated with a noxious weed. See Virginia Code 3.2-800
  • Certification: means the process by which (i) a business is determined to be a small, women-owned, or minority-owned business or (ii) an employment services organization, for the purpose of reporting small, women-owned, and minority-owned business and employment services organization participation in state contracts and purchases pursuant to §§ 2. See Virginia Code 2.2-1604
  • Comprehensive application: means a document incorporating pertinent data from existing applications for permits covered under this section. See Virginia Code 2.2-1617
  • Comprehensive permit: means the single document designed for public display issued by the Business Permitting Center that certifies state agency permit approval and that incorporates the endorsements for individual permits included in the comprehensive permitting program. See Virginia Code 2.2-1617
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Department: means the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity or any division of the Department to which the Director has delegated or assigned duties and responsibilities. See Virginia Code 2.2-1604
  • Employee: means any person who is regularly employed full time on either a salaried or wage basis, whose tenure is not restricted as to temporary or provisional appointment, in the service of and whose compensation is payable, no more often than biweekly, in whole or in part, by a governmental agency. See Virginia Code 2.2-3010
  • Employer: means a person supervising one or more employees, including the employee filing a good faith report, a superior of that supervisor, or an agent of the governmental agency. See Virginia Code 2.2-3010
  • Freedom of Information Act: A federal law that mandates that all the records created and kept by federal agencies in the executive branch of government must be open for public inspection and copying. The only exceptions are those records that fall into one of nine exempted categories listed in the statute. Source: OCC
  • Good faith report: means a report of conduct defined in this chapter as wrongdoing or abuse that is made without malice and that the person making the report has reasonable cause to believe is true. See Virginia Code 2.2-3010
  • Governmental agency: means (i) any agency, institution, board, bureau, commission, council, or instrumentality of state government in the executive branch listed in the appropriation act and any independent agency; (ii) any county, city, or town or local or regional governmental authority; and (iii) any local school division as defined in § 22. See Virginia Code 2.2-3010
  • Includes: means includes, but not limited to. See Virginia Code 1-218
  • Infested: means the establishment of a noxious weed or exposure to such weed, which would be reasonable cause to believe that establishment could occur. See Virginia Code 3.2-800
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Minority-owned business: means a business that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more minority individuals who are U. See Virginia Code 2.2-1604
  • Misconduct: means conduct or behavior by an employee that is inconsistent with state, local, or agency standards for which specific corrective or disciplinary action is warranted. See Virginia Code 2.2-3010
  • Month: means a calendar month and "year" means a calendar year. See Virginia Code 1-223
  • Move: means to ship, offer for shipment, receive for transportation, carry, or otherwise transport, move, or allow to be moved. See Virginia Code 3.2-800
  • Noxious weed: means any living plant, or part thereof, declared by the Board through regulations under this chapter to be detrimental to crops, surface waters, including lakes, or other desirable plants, livestock, land, or other property, or to be injurious to public health, the environment, or the economy, except when in-state production of such living plant, or part thereof, is commercially viable or such living plant is commercially propagated in Virginia. See Virginia Code 3.2-800
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Permit: means a document issued or authorized by the Commissioner to provide for movement of regulated articles to restricted destinations for limited handling, utilization, processing, or for scientific purposes. See Virginia Code 3.2-800
  • Permit: means the whole or part of any state agency permit, license, certificate, approval, registration, charter, or any form or permission required by law, to engage in activity associated with or involving the establishment of a small business in the Commonwealth. See Virginia Code 2.2-1617
  • Person: means the term as defined in § 1-230. See Virginia Code 3.2-800
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Program: means the mechanism by which comprehensive permits are issued and renewed, permit and regulatory information is disseminated, and account data is exchanged by state agencies. See Virginia Code 2.2-1617
  • Quarantine: means a legal declaration by the Board that specifies: (i) the noxious weed; (ii) the articles to be regulated; (iii) conditions governing movement; and (iv) exemptions. See Virginia Code 3.2-800
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Regulated article: means any article of any character as described in this chapter or in the quarantine carrying or capable of carrying a noxious weed against which this chapter or the quarantine is directed. See Virginia Code 3.2-800
  • Regulatory: means all permitting and other governmental or statutory requirements establishing a small business or professional activities associated with establishing a small business. See Virginia Code 2.2-1617
  • Regulatory agency: means any state agency, board, commission, or division that regulates one or more professions, occupations, industries, businesses, or activities. See Virginia Code 2.2-1617
  • Small business: means a business that is at least 51 percent independently owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are U. See Virginia Code 2.2-1604
  • Small business: means an independently owned and operated business that, together with affiliates, has 250 or fewer employees or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. See Virginia Code 2.2-1617
  • State agency: means any authority, board, department, instrumentality, institution, agency, or other unit of state government. See Virginia Code 2.2-1604
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Veteran: means an individual who has served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable. See Virginia Code 2.2-1617
  • Whistle blower: includes a citizen of the Commonwealth who witnesses or has evidence of wrongdoing or abuse and who makes or demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that he is about to make a good faith report of, or testifies or is about to testify to, the wrongdoing or abuse to an appropriate authority. See Virginia Code 2.2-3010
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
  • Wrongdoing: means a violation, which is not of a merely technical or minimal nature, of a federal or state law or regulation, local ordinance, or a formally adopted code of conduct or ethics of a professional organization designed to protect the interests of the public or employee. See Virginia Code 2.2-3010