Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Virginia
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Jessica Sussman
- Virginia is an employment at-will state. See At-Will Nature of Employment.
- Virginia recognizes the public policy exception to employment at-will. See At-Will Nature of Employment.
- Employee handbooks in Virginia should reference the Virginia Human Rights Act as well as the Virginians with Disabilities Act. See Discrimination Policies.
- Virginia law addresses breastfeeding and nursing mothers in both private and public employment. See Nursing Mothers.
- Virginia law regulates smoking for private and public workplaces. See Work Rules Prohibiting Smoking.
- Virginia law addresses workplace violence. See Workplace Violence.
- Virginia employers are prohibited from monitoring employee conversations and communications unless they obtain the consent of at least one of the parties to the communication. SeeWork Rules on Privacy Rights and Electronic Monitoring of Employees.
- Employers in Virginia are not required to provide employees with time off various reasons and in many cases, employers may not discriminate against employees who take such leave. SeeWork Rules Regarding Employee Leaves