Some states have comprehensive 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 Missouri does not have such a law that covers private employers.
However, most Missouri employers with 50 or more employees will have leave obligations under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Missouri has adopted the provisions of the federal FMLA for its state workers. In addition, state employees may take sick leave for sickness or injury, pregnancy, childbirth and recovery, medical, surgical, dental, or optical examination, or where, through exposure to contagious disease, the presence of the employee at work would jeopardize the health of others.
Sick leave can also be used in the event of illness to the employee's spouse, children, or other members of the employee's household that requires the employee's personal care and attention. There is no limit to the amount of sick leave an employee may accumulate (1 CSR 20-5.020).
Public employees who are foster or adoptive parents or adoptive stepparents may use their accrued sick leave, annual leave, or any similar leave granted to biological parents to take time off to arrange for the placement or care of a foster or adopted child after placement.
Employers are prohibited from penalizing employees for taking this leave. Only an employee who has primary responsibility for the child may take this leave. A stepparent who is employed by the state of Missouri may use his or her accrued sick leave, annual leave, or the same leave without pay granted to biological parents to take time off to care for his or her stepchild. The ...