Montana Sick Leave: What you need to know

Other than state maternity leave requirements, there is no Montana law requiring private sector employers to provide employees with sick leave, paid or unpaid. It is important to remember, however, 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, they should be changed, and employees must be notified of the changes.
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Montana law requires that public employees be provided with paid sick leave at a rate of 12 sick days for every year of service. Employees are not entitled to sick leave until they have been continuously employed for 90 days. The accrued leave can be used for a sickness suffered by an employee or a member of the employee's immediate family or the time that an employee is unable to perform job duties because of:
• A physical or mental illness, injury, or disability;
• Maternity or pregnancy-related disability or treatment, including prenatal care, birth, or medical care for the employee or the employee's child;
• Qualified parental leave for a permanent employee;
• Quarantine resulting from exposure to a contagious disease;
• Examination or treatment by a licensed healthcare provider;
• Short-term absence, at an agency's discretion, to care for a relative or household member not covered by any of the circumstances listed above, until other care can reasonably be obtained;
• Necessary care for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition, as defined in the federal Family and Medical Leave Act; or
• Death or funeral attendance of an ...

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