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Oklahoma Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Oklahoma 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, for example, 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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State employees earn sick leave according to a schedule based on years of service. Leave is accrued on a monthly basis and is prorated for less than full-time service. Sick leave may be taken for an employee's illness, injury, pregnancy, medical examinations, treatment, or when the employee's presence at work would jeopardize the health of the employee or others.
Employees may charge family and medical leave against sick leave accumulations. Sick leave can accumulate without limit (OK Admin. Code Sec. 260:25-15-12).
State employees with over 6 months of continuous service are entitled to take family leave for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a terminally or critically ill dependent child or dependent adult. The leave may be unpaid, or the employee may charge the time to accumulated compensatory, sick, or annual leave, or to donated leave.
Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which covers employers with 50 or more employees, eligible ...

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