Many states have comprehensive family leave laws that require employers to give employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a sick family member. Kentucky does not have a comprehensive law, but certain employers must give leave under particular circumstances. In addition, all public employers and private employers with 50 or more employees are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). There are details on the federal leave act.
Upon request, an employer must give an employee reasonable personal leave (up to 6 weeks) for the adoption of a child under the age of 7. The law covers all public and private employers (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 337.015).
State personnel rules allow state employees to use their accrued paid sick leave to care for a sick or injured member of the immediate family. The amount of time taken can be limited to a “reasonable” period, and employees can be required to provide a doctor's statement supporting the need for the care. Employees may also use up to three days of sick leave for the death of a spouse, parent, grandparent, child, sibling, or the spouse of one of these individuals. The employing agency may also grant leave for the death of other relatives of close associations.
State employees may also take sick leave without pay for their own injury or illness for a period of up to one year. To qualify for this leave, the employee must have used up all accumulated annual, sick, and compensatory leave, unless he or she has requested to retain up to 10 accumulated sick days. The employer may require periodic doctor's statements throughout the year.
The employer may also grant this leave to an ...