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Other Leaves: Ohio

Other Leaves requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Jennifer L. Isaacs, Frantz Ward LLP


  • Ohio has several state-specific leave requirements. Therefore, leaves of absence in Ohio can be complicated, due to the interplay between federal and state laws. See Ohio - Leaves of Absence.
  • The families of certain military personnel are entitled to leave related to the military person's deployment or injury while on active duty. See Military Family Leave.
  • Female employees are entitled to job-protected leave for illnesses relating to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. See Pregnancy Leave.
  • Employees must be given a reasonable amount of time to vote on an election day. See Voting Leave.
  • Ohio employers may not retaliate against employees for taking time off to serve on a jury. An employer also may not ask the employee to use other leave available to serve on a jury. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • Ohio employers may not retaliate against employees who are required to testify at court, in a grand jury proceeding, or in a juvenile court proceeding. Additionally, the victims of a crime and their families cannot be punished for certain activities related to the prosecution of the crime. See Witness Leave; Crime Victim Leave.
  • Ohio law provides employees with similar rights and responsibilities as those under USERRA. See Military Leave.
  • Provided the policies are neutral and equally applied to all employees, employers may enforce leave policies on pregnant employees and employees participating in workers' compensation. See Company Policies and Their Effect on State Mandated Leave.