Upon written request to their employers, employees who are elected to public office (i.e., municipal, county, state, or federal positions) are entitled to an unpaid leave of absence without loss of credited service or benefits earned. If a salaried employee takes leave without pay from regular employment for a portion of a pay period, the employee's salaried compensation for that pay period will be reduced by the ratio of the number of days of leave taken to the total number of days in the pay period. The employer is not required to pay pension, health, or other benefits during the leave period. The law applies to employers with 20 or more employees (IA Code Sec. 55.1).
Public employees are entitled to a leave of absence in order to campaign for public office. The leave may begin anytime within 30 days before a contested primary, special, or general election, and may continue until after the day following the election. Public employees may not campaign while on duty as an employee, however (IA Code Sec. 55.4).