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Other Leaves: Iowa

Other Leaves requirements for other states

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

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Rozlyn Fulgoni-Britton and Susan W. Kline, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Iowa.See Leaves of Absence.
  • Iowa does not have a state family and medical leave law applicable to private employers. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate an employee's employment solely for an absence related to attending a required drinking and driving class. See Drinking and Driving Class Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate, threaten or coerce an employee with respect to his or her employment, because the employee receives a notice to report for jury service, reports for jury service, attends court for prospective jury service or serves as a juror. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • Under some circumstances, employees are entitled to leave to serve as a witness. See Witness Duty Leave.
  • An employer may designate the period of time the employee can take for voting. See Voting Leave.
  • Certain employers must provide leave to employees who are elected officials to allow the elected official to perform his or her duties. See Elected Official Leave.
  • A volunteer emergency responder, such as volunteer firefighter, may be entitled to leave. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • An employer must allow any veteran to take paid or unpaid leave on Veterans Day unless such leave would cause significant economic or operational disruption or impact public health or safety. See Veterans Day Leave.