Oklahoma Sick Leave laws & HR compliance analysis

Oklahoma Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Oklahoma 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 earn sick leave according to a schedule based on years of service.
Leave is accrued on a monthly basis and is prorated for less than full-time service.
Sick leave may be taken for an employee's illness, injury, pregnancy, medical examinations, treatment, or when the employee's presence at work would jeopardize the health of the employee or others. Sick leave can accumulate without limit (OK Admin. Code Sec. 260:25-15-12).
Interaction with family leave. State employees with over six months of continuous service are entitled to take family leave for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a terminally or critically ill dependent child or dependent adult.
The leave may be unpaid, or the employee may charge the time to accumulated compensatory, sick, or annual leave, or to donated leave.
Additional information is available.
Note: BLR® provides comprehensive employment law coverage at the federal and state levels. However, businesses may be subject to additional requirements at the local (city, county, and municipal) level.
For select cities, BLR will provide a brief overview of these requirements.
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