Help pass paid family and medical leave in Virginia

Stronger Families, Stronger Businesses

Working parents shouldn’t have to choose between their jobs and their children. Yet more than 55 percent of Virginians don’t even have unpaid family or medical leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. We’re working to change that, and your story can help. Have you experienced living without paid family leave, medical leave or maternity leave in Virginia?

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take paid family leave or paid maternity leave in Virginia?

Unfortunately, businesses are not required to offer employees paid leave in Virginia. Unless your employer opts to offer it, you can’t take it. If you work for a company with 50 or more employees, you’re entitled to apply for unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, but that doesn’t include paid leave.

Do I have to offer employees paid family leave?

No. However, if you have 50 or more employees, you must offer them the chance to apply for unpaid leave through the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Why is paid family leave important?

In addition to improving families’ lives by allowing people to take paid time off to care for a child or other loved one, paid leave improves the health of businesses and local economies. Research shows that paid family and medical leave reduces turnover, increases productivity, and improves employee loyalty and morale. Especially during a pandemic, passing paid family and medical leave is a powerful way to improve our state’s health and prosperity.

Help Pass Paid Leave in Virginia

Help us pass paid family and medical leave in Virginia. If you’ve had to choose between your pay and your family, your story can help persuade our leaders to do the right thing.

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