Iowa Leave of Absence (FMLA) laws & HR compliance analysis

Iowa Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Some states have laws that 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, but Iowa does not have such a law that covers private employers. However, most Iowa employers with 50 or more employees will be covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Iowa employers with fewer than 50 employees are free to provide paid or unpaid family leave or not, at their own discretion. There are more details on the federal leave act.
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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 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.
Sick leave for employee's own illness. Permanent public employees accrue sick leave at the rate of 11/2 days for each complete month of service (part-time employees accrue sick leave at a prorated rate). Employees may also use accrued sick leave for their own physical or mental illness, bodily injury, medically related disabilities, including disabilities ...

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