Leave of Absence (FMLA) (including FMLA (Leave of Absence))
Leave of absence laws give employees the right to leave
for a variety of reasons—personal or family illness, pregnancy, military
service, family military leave, and other personal reasons. A leave
of absence of between 12 and 26 weeks must be given to qualifying
employees under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act
(FMLA). The medical leave act provisions require covered
employers to grant leave to eligible employees for their own serious
health conditions, to care for a covered family member with a serious
health condition, and for family military leave for a qualifying exigency
or to care for a seriously injured or ill servicemember or veteran.
The family leave provisions also require covered employers
to grant leave to eligible employees after the birth, adoption or
foster care placement of a child, to bond with the child.
Some states have laws that require private 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, but Ohio does
not have such a law.
However, Ohio employers with 50 or more employees are
covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Ohio employers with fewer than 50 employees are free
to provide paid or unpaid family leave or not, at their own discretion.