Obtain Virginia Paid Sick Leave With DoNotPay
Many consider paid sick leave a given, but that is not the case. Since no federal law permanently mandates paid leave, employees are forced to work sick, take unpaid leave, or use up their vacation days.
In this article, we’ll break down Virginia paid sick leave law. We’ll also explain how you can secure sick leave easily if you subscribe to DoNotPay.
In Virginia, paid sick leave law states that employers have to provide paid sick leave, but the law applies to “essential workers” only. The law defines the following workers as essential:
- Prison personnel
- First responders
- Child care providers
- Domestic workers
- Home health workers
If you fall under one of these categories, you’ll receive an hour of paid leave for every 30 hours of work (up to 40 hours per year). They can carry over to the next year if you don’t use them all, but the 40-hour cap remains the same.
The law also defines reasons for which you can use paid sick leave. They can relate to the employee themself, or to a family member the employee has to care for. The reasons are as follows:
- Mental or physical injury or illness
- Serious health condition
- Preventive care
- Medical diagnosis and treatment
If you’re not an essential worker, you have only three options to lean on:
- The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)
- Company policy
The EPSLA is a temporary act the federal government introduced to help both employees and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The act defines reasons for receiving paid sick leave and payment limitations, as shown in the table below:
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When it comes to company policies, Virginia law leaves it up to the employer to define the policy but will force the employer to honor the terms given in the contract.
You can also rely on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) if you don’t want to be sick at work. The act offers unpaid sick leave on a federal level. With the FMLA, you can receive 12 weeks off per year.
If you’re an essential worker or fulfill the EPSLA requirements, you can secure paid sick leave. To do that, you’ll need to request it by calling in sick or sending an email. If you want to avoid an awkward conversation or ensure your written request is perfect, use DoNotPay.
Our app will draft a professional sick leave request letter based on the information you provide and the law that applies to your case. All you need to do is sign up for DoNotPay, navigate to the Request Sick Leave feature, and:
- Insert the state where the company is located
- Provide information about the company
- Enter the dates on which you’ll be absent from work
- Specify whether you want:
- DoNotPay to send the request to your employer directly
- To email the request on your own
If your employer denies you your rights, you can sue them with ease using our Small Claims Court product. DoNotPay will guide you through the entire process, from drafting a demand letter to creating a script to use during the proceedings.
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|Legal Documents||Appeals and Letters|