Virginia Wage and Hour Laws
Virginia’s current minimum wage is $7.25.
For more information on Virginia’s minimum wage laws, visit our Virginia Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Virginia does not have laws governing the payment of overtime. VA Dept. of Labor: Wage Payment FAQs. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.
Meals and Breaks
Virginia employers must provide a lunch period of at least thirty (30) minutes to employees ages fourteen (14) and fifteen (15) when scheduled to work for more than five (5) hours continuously. VA Rev. Stat. 40.1-80.
Virginia does not require employers to provide breaks, including lunch breaks, for workers sixteen (16) years old or older. VA Dept. of Labor: Labor Law FAQs. An employer who chooses to provide a break in excess of twenty (20) minutes does not have to pay wages for lunch periods or other breaks if the employee is free to leave the worksite, in fact takes their lunch or break, and the employee does not actually perform work. According to federal law, breaks twenty (20) minutes or shorter typically must be paid.
Information about Virginia vacation leave laws may now be found on our Virginia Leave Laws page.
Information about Virginia sick leave laws may now be found on our Virginia Leave Laws page.
Information about Virginia holiday leave laws may now be found on our Virginia Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Virginia jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Virginia Leave Laws page.
Information about Virginia voting leave laws may now be found on our Virginia Leave Laws page.
Virginia law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. VA Dept. of Labor: Wage Payment FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.