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

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

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, Missouri does not have such a law.
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Public employers. 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).
For in-depth guidance on leave and other employment matters related to maternity and pregnancy:
Foster and stepparent leave—public employers. 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, ...

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