Virginia Maternity and Pregnancy laws & HR compliance analysis

Virginia Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The Virginia Human Rights Act prohibits employers with more than 5 but fewer than 15 employees from discharging an employee on the basis of sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including lactation) (VA Code Sec. 2.2-3900A et seq.).
This means that employers must treat pregnancy-related conditions the same as they treat other types of temporary disabilities for all employment-related purposes, including leave and other benefits.
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Virginia does not have a state law that specifically requires employers to offer pregnancy leave. However, employers covered by the Virginia Human Rights Act must provide the same leave benefits to women disabled by pregnancy that are provided to other employees with temporary disabilities.
This means that employers can provide leave for employees with temporary disabilities, including pregnancy disability, with or without pay, or not provide it at all, as long as all employees are treated the same in their requests for temporary disability leave.
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.
State law guarantees a woman the right to breastfeed her child on any property owned, leased, or controlled by the state (VA Stat. Sec. 2.2-1147.1 ).
In addition, the Virginia Legislature has passed a joint resolution encouraging employers to recognize the benefits of breastfeeding and to provide unpaid break time and appropriate space for employees to ...

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