Local Government Employees

Similar to State employment, the Virginia Code requires each locality that has more than 15 employees to establish a grievance procedure. If a local governing body fails to adopt a grievance procedure, the state grievance procedure becomes applicable for so long as the locality remains in noncompliance.

In this area, Richmond, Petersburg, Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico all have established grievance procedures that reply upon hearings before either a personnel board or a selected panel. The employee is entitled to be represented by counsel. While these processes resemble the State system, each locality has its own time limitations and procedural requirements.

To view the specifics of the grievance policy for your locality you should request a copy of the policy from the locality’s Human resources department.