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

Oklahoma 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, Oklahoma does not have such a law.
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State employees. The state has implemented requirements that are similar to the requirements of the federal FMLA. This state law is not intended to conflict with the federal law.
To be eligible for the leave, employees must have been employed by the state for at least 1 year and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the preceding 12-month period.
The law provides state employees with up to 12 weeks of leave in a 12-month period for the birth or placement of a child or for the serious health condition of the employee or the employee's spouse, child, or parent.
If the employee takes this leave for a serious health condition, the employer may require medical certification from the healthcare provider of the employee or the employee's ill family member. Leave for a serious health condition may be taken intermittently or on a reduced schedule basis.
If the need for leave is foreseeable, employees should provide at least 30 days' notice. If the need for leave is not foreseeable, notice should be provided as soon as possible. Upon conclusion of leave, employees have the right to be restored in the same or equivalent position, with the same or equivalent benefits, except for extensions of their annual date for longevity pay, leave accrual, and calculation of retention points, that they would have had if employment had been continual during the leave ...

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