South Carolina Leave of Absence (FMLA) laws & HR compliance analysis

South Carolina 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, South Carolina does not have such a law.
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Detailed information on leave and other employment matters related to maternity and pregnancy is available in the Maternity and Pregnancy topical analysis.
Detailed information on state and local sick leave requirements is available in the Sick Leave topical analysis.
Leave for bone marrow donation. An employer may, but is not required to, grant paid leaves of absence to an employee who seeks to undergo a medical procedure to donate bone marrow.
Employers covered by this law employ 20 or more employees at least at one site within the state (SC Code Sec. 44-43-80).
The combined length of paid leaves of absence requested by an employee may not exceed 40 work hours unless the employer agrees to a longer period of time.
The employer may require verification by a physician of the purpose and length of each paid leave of absence requested by the employee to donate bone marrow. If there is a medical determination that the employee does not qualify as a bone marrow donor, the paid leave of absence granted to the employee before that medical determination is not forfeited.
An employer may not retaliate against an employee for requesting or obtaining a paid leave of absence as provided by this law. The law does not prevent an employer ...

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