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Classified and Operational Leave

Annual Leave

Provided to employees for vacation and other personal purposes. Leave is earned for each semi-monthly pay period and posted on the 10th and 25th of the month. The accrual rate is dependent on the length of state service. Leave is pro-rated for part time classified employees.

Years of Service
Accrual Rate Per Pay Period
Total Hours Accrued per Year
Maximum Leave Carryover
Maximum Leave Payout

Less than 5 years

4 hours

96 hours (12 days)

192 hours (24 days)

192 hours (24 days)

5 years

5 hours

120 hours (15 days)

240 hours (30 days)

240 hours (30 days)

10 years

6 hours

144 hours (18 days)

288 hours (36 days)

288 hours (36 days)

15 years

7 hours

168 hours (21 days)

336 hours (42 days)

288 hours (36 days)

20 years

8 hours

192 hours (24 days)

384 hours (48 days)

336 hours (42 days)

25 years

9 hours

216 hours (27 days)

432 hours (54 days)

336 hours (42 days)


Using Annual Leave

Annual leave may be used however you wish, including vacations and other personal purposes, or to cover other kinds of leave for which you have zero balance. Future leave not yet accrued may not be "borrowed" for present use. No annual leave accruals will be given for any pay period during which an employee is on leave without pay.


Virginia Sickness and Disability Leave (VSDP)

This program provides employees supplemental or replacement income during periods of partial or total disability.

Who Is Covered

Effective 01/10/2003 all active employees were converted to VSDP unless they opted out. (Employees hired after January 1, 1999 were automatically enrolled in this program. Active employees were given the option to opt into this program until 04/24/1999.)

See the VSDP Handbook (pdf) for details.

Effective Coverage Dates

The effective coverage date is the first day of employment and includes sick leave, family and personal leave, short-term and long-term disability coverage for work-related illnesses or injuries and long-term care benefits.

If you were hired or rehired effective July 1, 2009 you must complete one year of continuous employment before becoming eligible for short-term and long-term disability coverage for non-work related illnesses or injuries. 

New Employee Sick and Family/Personal Leave

This leave does not carry over. The following set hours will be  initially credited on your first day of employment.

Full-Time:

Employment Begin Date Sick Leave Hours Family & Personal Leave Hours
January  10 - July 9 64 32
July 10 - January 9 40 16


Part-Time:

Employment Begin Date

Sick Leave Hours Family & Personal Leave Hours
January 10 - July 9 32 32
July 10 - January 9 20 16

 

Annual Renewal of Sick and Family/Personal Leave

This leave does not carry over. VSDP leave is credited as follows on January 10 each year.

Full-Time:

Months of Service Sick Leave Hours Family & Personal Leave Hours
Fewer than 60 64 32
60 to 119 72 32
120 or more 80 40


Part-Time:

Months of Service Sick Leave Hours Family & Personal Leave Hours
Fewer than 120 32 32
120 or More 40 40

When to Use Sick Leave vs. Family and Personal Leave

Sick leave may be used if you are sick or injured, or for medical appointments. Your supervisor may request the proof of any illness requiring the use of sick leave. Family and personal leave can be used for any reason, such as but not limited to vacation, personal sickness, or sickness or death of a family member.

When to Use Disability Leave

A VSDP eligible employee may qualify for short term disability benefits if they experience an illness, surgery or accidental injury that requires the employee to be absent from work more than seven (7) calendar days.

Note: The employee must call the VSDP administrator at 1-800-652-5602 to initiate disability benefits. Retro benefits can only be compensated within fourteen (14) days after onset of illness or injury. In addition, please notify the Human Resource Office of your absence to receive additional information on your benefits.


Compensatory Leave

Provided to employees as compensation for having worked additional hours in a work week in which leave has been taken, on a holiday or on an official closing day.  Accrued Compensatory Leave lapses after 12 months from the date earned.


Overtime Leave

  Eligible employees may elect to earn overtime leave instead of overtime compensation for having worked more than 40 hours in any work week.


Administrative Leave

Provided to employees to appear in court or related proceedings, to serve on state councils and other bodies, to resolve work-related conflicts, to participate in the resolution of complaints of employment discrimination, to attend administrative hearings and to interview for other state positions.


Community Service Leave

Provides employees 16 hours of paid leave for services within their communities through school assistance or as a volunteer member of a community service organization.


Leave to Donate Bone Marrow or Organs

Provides eligible employees with an additional 30 workdays of paid leave to donate bone marrow or organs.


Military Leave

Provides employees with paid leave (15 workdays) or unpaid leave for active or reserve duty in the armed forces of the United States, or the Commonwealth's militia (National Guard, Naval Militia and Virginia State Defense Force).


Family and Medical Leave Act

This program provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons.


Holidays: Receive 12 paid holidays per year
  • New Year's Day - January 1
  • Lee-Jackson Day - Friday preceding the Third Monday in January (*WM saves this holiday until winter break)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Third Monday in January
  • George Washington Day - Third Monday in February *
  • Memorial Day - Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Labor Day - First Monday in September
  • Columbus Day - Second Monday in October *
  • Veteran's Day - November 11 *
  • Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday in November
  • The day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day - December 25

* The College shifts these state holidays to the winter break (Christmas through New Year's) to enable the university to close during that period. Essential personnel may be required to work during these times. This leave is non cumulative and no severance payments are made with respect to unused holiday leave.