Benefit Policy Reminder

July 21, 2011, 8:25 AM

Last month, Connecticut passed a law requiring private employers to provide paid sick days to service employees. While other states are considering similar legislation and cities such as San Francisco and Washington, D.C., require paid sick leave, Connecticut is the first state to pass such a law.

There is currently no law in Virginia that requires private employers to provide paid sick days. However, employers in Virginia may obligate themselves to provide certain benefits as described in their personnel manuals. For this reason, it is a good idea to regularly review your personnel manual to ensure that you are not promising any benefits other than those you intend to provide. Similarly, your personnel manual should expressly state that it is not a contract of employment and that the policies described in the manual are subject to change. --David J. Sullivan