Virginia Sick Leave laws & compensation compliance analysis

Virginia Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Virginia law requiring private sector employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit.
It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
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State employees are eligible to take paid family and personal leave for absences due to a short-term incident, illness, death of a family member, or other personal need (VA Stat. Sec. 51.1-1107).
State employees receive family and personal leave based on the number of months of state service. Unused balances of family and personal leave are not carried forward from year to year.
State employees are allowed up to 30 days of paid leave in any calendar year, in addition to any other paid leave, to serve as bone marrow or organ donors (VA Stat. Sec. 2.2-2821.1).
Please see the Leave of Absence (FMLA) topical analysis for additional discussion.
Note: BLR® provides comprehensive employment law coverage at the federal and state levels. However, businesses may be subject to additional requirements at the local (city, county, and municipal) level.
For select cities, BLR will provide a brief overview of these requirements.
If your locality is not listed below or if you require further guidance on a law that is listed, we recommend contacting the area chamber of commerce or the appropriate local enforcement, ...

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Virginia Sick Leave Resources

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