Ohio Sick Leave laws & compensation compliance analysis

Ohio Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Ohio law that requires private sector employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid sick leave, although many employers do provide it as an important employee benefit.
It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
Failure to pay out leave time in accordance with the handbook, policies, or an agreement can lead to a claim for breach of contract or a claim of failure to pay wages in accordance with Ohio’s wage payment statute (OH Rev. Code Sec. 4113.15 ).
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State employees. Full-time permanent and part-time permanent employees whose salary or wage is paid directly by warrant of the auditor of state earn paid sick leave for each completed 80 hours of service, excluding overtime hours worked.
State government employees are entitled to convert accumulated sick and personal leave to cash benefits on their separation from service as set forth in the state administrative code (OH Admin. Code Sec. 123: 1-32-09
Other public employees. Employees in the various offices of the county, municipal, and civil service township service, employees of any state college or university, and employees of any board of education for whom sick leave is not otherwise provided are entitled to paid sick leave for each completed 80 hours of service.
Superintendents and management employees of county boards of developmental disabilities are specifically excluded from this provision (OH Rev. Code Sec. 124.38).

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