Alabama Sick Leave laws & HR compliance analysis

Alabama Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Alabama law that requires private sector employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as a popular employee benefit.
It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
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State employees receive four hours of sick leave for each biweekly period of service.
They may take sick leave for their own illness, bodily injury not incurred in the line of duty, or bodily injury or occupational illness incurred in the line of duty but for which special leave is not granted; to care for a sick spouse, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, parent-in-law, sibling, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, or a person to whom a strong personal tie exists; or for the death of one of those persons.
In case of serious disability or illness, sick leave may be advanced to any permanent employee as follows: all accrued sick and annual leave must be exhausted before a request for an advance is made; the absence must be 5 or more days; each application for an advance must be supported by certification from a registered practicing physician; and the total advance cannot at any time exceed 24 days.
State employees may use accumulated sick leave for disability associated with a pregnancy, provided the employee works up until the time she is disabled and returns to work as soon as she is physically recovered.
A doctor's verification of disability may be required by the ...

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