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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


  • Virginia currently does not require state family and medical leave for private sector employees. See Family and Medical Leave of Absence.
  • Employers covered by the Virginia Human Rights Act are required to provide the same leave benefits to employees disabled by pregnancy as those provided to other employees who are temporarily disabled. See Pregnancy Leave.
  • Virginia employers may not terminate or demote an employee summoned for jury duty or a court appearance so long as the employee provided the employer with reasonable notice. See Jury Duty and Court Appearance Leave.
  • Employers may not take any adverse action (e.g., termination or demotion) against an employee who misses work to serve as an election officer, so long as the employee provided reasonable notice of his or her absence. See Election Officer Leave.
  • A private 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.
  • Employers must allow employees who are victims of a crime to leave work to attend all criminal proceedings related to the crime. See Crime Victim's Leave.