Virginia Death in Family: What you need to know

Offering support and assistance to an employee who has suffered a loss in his or her family can be difficult because people often feel helpless about how to respond to the employee's loss. However, the bereaved employee will usually appreciate the offer of assistance and support from the workplace.
Managers and supervisors can be particularly helpful in communications with the employee: making sure that he or she understands and uses available bereavement leave benefits; conveying to coworkers information the employee wants communicated (e.g., time and place of memorial service); assuring the employee that work is being handled. Managers can also help interested volunteers organize a system to provide meals, baby-sitting services, transportation, and other assistance to the bereaved employee. Most companies arrange for flowers to be sent and many employers have a representative from the company attend the funeral or memorial service.
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Virginia law does not require bereavement time off for employees working in the private sector.
State employees. State employees may take paid family and personal leave to account for absences due to the death of a family member, or other personal need (VA Code Sec. 51.1-1107). The amount of leave allowed is based on the amount of time the state employee has been employed, as follows: 32 hours for less than 120 months of state service; 40 hours for more than 120 months of state service.
Employee assistance programs (EAPs). People experience grief differently, and the employee who has suffered a loss, as well as coworkers who are close to the employee, may exhibit a lack of concentration, low productivity, and depression as they ...

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