Arizona Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Some states have laws that require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for a family member with a serious illness, or for the employee's own illness, but Arizona does not have such a law for private employers. However, most Arizona employers with 50 or more employees will have leave obligations under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). There is additional information and details on the FMLA.
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Eligible state employees are entitled to an approved period of paid absence due to:
(1) illness or injury that renders the employee unable to perform the duties of the employee’s position; (2) disability of the employee that is caused by pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, or abortion; (3) examination or treatment of the employee by a licensed healthcare practitioner; or (4) illness, injury, disability caused by pregnancy or childbirth, or examination or treatment by a licensed healthcare practitioner of an employee’s spouse, dependent child, or parent.
Sick leave granted for the purposes listed above may not be charged to the employee’s sick leave account and may not exceed 40 hours per calendar year (AZ Admin. Code Sec. R2-5A-B603).
Bone marrow and organ donors. A state employee is entitled to a leave of absence for 5 workdays (40 hours) to serve as a bone marrow donor for a bone marrow transplant if the employee provides the employee’s employer with written verification that the employee is to serve as a bone marrow donor. An employee is entitled to a leave of absence for 30 workdays (240 hours) to serve as an organ donor for a human organ transplant if the employee provides the employee’s employer with written verification that the ...

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