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

Some states have comprehensive laws that require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member with a serious illness, but Idaho does not have such a law. However, Idaho employers with 50 or more employees are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). There is additional information and details on the FMLA.
Idaho employers with fewer than 50 employees are free to provide leave time or not, at their own discretion. However, employers in Idaho, as in all states, are bound by the requirements of the federal Pregnancy Disability Act (PDA), which prohibits discrimination against any employee on the basis of a pregnancy-related disability. For practical purposes, this means that disability leave must be granted for pregnancy-related disabilities if the employer would ordinarily grant such leave for other types of disabilities.
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Under certain circumstances, employees are entitled to take time off to serve in the U.S. armed forces and to be reinstated when service has been completed.
Under certain circumstances, employees also are entitled to take time off to vote in an election, for jury duty, or to make other types of court appearances.
The provisions of the FMLA apply to employees of the state, without regard to the exclusion for worksites employing less than 50 employees in a 75 mile area, and without the limitation on reinstatement of the highest-paid employees. The state is one employer for the purposes of FMLA. An appointing authority may request a return to work release if, due to the nature of the health condition and the job:
· Light or limited duty ...

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