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Missouri Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Missouri law that requires private sector employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as a popular employee benefit. However, it is important to note that if an employer promises to provide sick leave, that employer may have a legal obligation to grant it. Some courts have ruled that policies published in employee handbooks constitute implied contracts that are binding and enforceable. Thus, employers should regularly review policy statements made in handbooks or other written materials to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If not, they should be changed and employees should be notified of the changes.
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Missouri law mandates that full-time state employees receive paid sick leave at the rate of 10 hours per month of work, with no limit on accumulation. For part-time employees, sick leave is accrued on a pro rata schedule. State employees may take sick leave for sickness or injury, pregnancy, childbirth and recovery, medical, surgical, dental, or optical examination, or where, through exposure to contagious disease, the presence of the employee at work would jeopardize the health of others. Sick leave can also be used in the event of illness to the employee's spouse, children, or other members of the employee's household that requires the employee's personal care and attention (1 CSR 20-5.020).
Public employees who are foster or adoptive parents or adoptive stepparents may use their accrued sick leave, annual leave, or any similar leave granted to biological parents to take time off to arrange for the placement or care of a foster or adopted child. Employers are prohibited from penalizing employees for taking ...

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