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

Some states have laws that require private 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 Ohio does not have such a law. However, Ohio employers with 50 or more employees are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Ohio employers with fewer than 50 employees are free to provide paid or unpaid family leave or not, at their own discretion.
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The leave provisions apply to all state employers (OH Rev. Code Sec. 124.136, Sec. 124.382et seq.).
A permanent full-time or permanent part-time employee who works 30 or more hours a week and is the biological parent of a newborn or the legal guardian of a newly adopted child is eligible for parental leave.
Parental leave may be taken for birth or adoption of a child. Employees may elect to receive $2,000 for adoption expenses in lieu of receiving the paid leave benefit. Payment may be requested upon placement of the child in the employee's home. If the child is already residing in the home, payment may be requested at the time the adoption is approved.
Parental leave includes 6 continuous weeks of leave. The first 14 days of leave are unpaid. During the remaining four weeks of the leave period, employees must receive paid leave equal to 70 percent of their base rate of pay. Employees may substitute available sick leave, personal leave, vacation time, or compensatory time for the 14-day period and to supplement the 70 percent base rate of pay for the rest of the leave, in an amount sufficient to provide up to 100 ...

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