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Iowa Sick Leave: What you need to know

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.
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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)).
State law mandates that sick leave accrue for permanent full-time and permanent part-time employees of state departments, boards, agencies, and commissions. The sick leave accrual rate for employees of the state board of regents (except those covered by a collective bargaining agreement that provides for a different rate) is 1 and 1/2 days for each complete month of full-time employment. The rate for employees who are peace officers employed within the department of public safety or department of natural resources and who are not covered under a collective bargaining agreement is the rate provided under the state police officers' council collective bargaining agreement. For all other employees, the rate is as follows:
• If the employee's accrued sick leave balance is 750 hours or less, 1 and 1/2 days
• If the ...

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