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Other Leaves: Virginia

Other Leaves requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Jessica Sussman


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Virginia. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Virginia does not have a state family and medical leave law applicable to private employers. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Virginia requires covered employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible home health workers. See Paid Sick Leave.
  • A covered employer must provide leave for organ and bone marrow donation. See Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate or demote an employee summoned for jury duty so long as the employee provided the employer with reasonable notice. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • An employee cannot be required to use sick leave or vacation as the result of an absence for a required court appearance. See Court Appearance Leave.
  • An employer must allow employees who are victims of a crime to leave work to attend all criminal proceedings related to the crime. See Crime Victim Leave.
  • An employer may not take any adverse action (e.g., termination or demotion) against an employee who misses work to serve as a member of a local electoral board, an assistant general registrar or an election officer, so long as the employee provided reasonable notice of their absence. See Election Official Leave.
  • An employer must provide an unpaid leave of absence to members of the Virginia National Guard, Virginia Defense Force and National Guard of other states. See Military Leave.
  • Pregnant employees may be entitled to leave as an accommodation under the Virginia Human Rights Act. See Pregnancy Leave and Accommodation.