In addition to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), some states have their own comprehensive family leave laws that may also require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious illness.
However, Iowa does not have such a law.
Family and medical leave—public employers. Iowa's family and medical leave law for public employees mirrors the federal FMLA (IA Admin. Code Sec. 11-63.4(8A) et seq.).
State law also allows public employees to use up to 40 hours per year of accrued sick leave for:
• Death in the employee's immediate family
• Temporary care of or necessary attention to members of the employee's immediate family
The law defines “immediate family” broadly to include the employee's spouse, children, grandchildren, foster children, stepchildren, legal wards, parents, grandparents, foster parents, stepparents, siblings, step and foster siblings, children-in-law, siblings-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, first cousins, corresponding relatives of the employee's spouse, and other persons who are members of the employee's household.
Public employees may also use accrued sick leave for their own physical or mental illness, bodily injury, and medically related disabilities, including disabilities resulting from pregnancy and childbirth, or contagious disease (Iowa Code Sec. 70A.1).
For in-depth guidance on leave and other employment matters related to maternity and pregnancy:
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