There is no Iowa law requiring private sector employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit. It is important, however, to remember that if sick leave is promised, an employer may have a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review policy statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If not, the statements should be changed, and employees must be notified of the changes.
In addition, Iowa law requires employers to make available to employees, upon written request, a written statement regarding employment agreements and policies with respect to a variety of employment policies, including sick leave. Notice of such availability must be given to each employee in writing or by notice posted in a conspicuous place (IA Code Sec. 91A.6(1)).