Parental leave benefits; creates a new program for full-time state employees. (HB1016)

Introduced By

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Parental leave benefits. Creates a new program of parental leave benefits for full-time state employees with one or more years of continuous employment with the Commonwealth who (i) are the biological parent of a child under one year of age or (ii) adopt a child under one year of age. The amount of leave would be equivalent to the amount of paid leave awarded to an employee pursuant to short-term disability. The bill provides that if two employees are eligible for benefits for the same child, only one shall claim benefits. The bill provides that if an employee is eligible for both parental leave and maternity leave for the same child, parental leave covers the first six weeks of leave; thereafter, if the employee provides notification to her employer from her physician that she is unable to return to work, she may receive short-term disability benefits. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102217D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/19/2018Assigned App. sub: Compensation & Retirement
02/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1016)
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018Left in Appropriations


Mary McIntyre writes:

Can someone explain why we would only allow 1 parent to claim these benefits, if both qualify? Doesn't that seem like penalizing a family if both parents are state employees? Instead of them both getting this benefit if their spouse was employed by someone else, one of them doesn't get to have a benefit they deserve because they work in (most likely) public service. How is that logical?