Paid Family and Medical Leave Program; established, financing through payroll taxes. (SB1639)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Paid family and medical leave program. Requires the Virginia Employment Commission to establish and administer a paid family and medical leave program. Under the program, benefits are paid to eligible employees for family and medical leave. Funding for the program is provided through premiums assessed to employers and employees. The amount of a benefit is 70 percent of the employee's average weekly wage, not to exceed $850 per week, which amount is required to be adjusted annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The measure caps the duration of paid leave at 12 weeks in any 52-week period, though 26 weeks of paid leave may be taken if the leave qualifies as military caregiver leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Employers with 25 or fewer employees are exempt from paying their contribution to the program but may elect to participate voluntarily. Self-employed individuals are provided the option of participating in the program. The measure also provides that employers may operate their own equivalent voluntary plans. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104526D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/28/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1639)
01/28/2019Committee substitute printed to LIS only 19105867D-S1
01/28/2019Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor with letter (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Commerce and Labor committee on 08/21/2019. It meets on Monday, 1/2 hour after adjournment - Senate Room B.

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