PA Employee Leave Laws–Overview

Employers may provide their employees with various types of paid or unpaid leave as part of their overall compensation package, including vacation time, personal leave and sick leave. While employers have some flexibility in establishing or negotiating employee leave policies, federal laws (for example, the Family and Medical Leave Act or FMLA) require covered employers to provide employees with leave in certain situations. State laws also oblige employers to provide certain types of employee leaves.

In addition to federal leave laws, Pennsylvania has employee leave laws regarding:

  • Jury duty leave;
  • Judicial witness/crime victims leave;
  • Emergency response leave;
  • Military leave;
  • State of emergency leave; and
  • Pregnancy and childcare leave.

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