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Virginia Death in Family: What you need to know

Virginia law does not require bereavement time off for employees working in the private sector; however, most employers do offer workers some form of time off for bereavement after the death of a loved one.
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.
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Employee assistance programs (EAPs). Employers that have an EAP may consider offering bereaved employees the opportunity to see a grief counselor through the EAP.
Last reviewed on November 10, 2016.

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