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Other Leaves: South Carolina

Other Leaves requirements for other states

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

Author: Meryl Gutterman, formerly of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in South Carolina. See Leaves of Absence.
  • South Carolina does not have a state family and medical leave law applicable to private employers. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • An employer with 20 or more employees may grant a paid leave of absence to an employee who works an average of 20 hours or more a week and who intends to donate bone marrow. See Bone Marrow Donor Leave.
  • During a public health emergency, the Department of Health and Environmental Control may isolate or quarantine an individual or groups of individuals. See Quarantine Leave.
  • An employer of a victim or witness may not retaliate against or suspend or reduce the wages and benefits of the victim or witness who misses work to lawfully respond to a subpoena. See Crime Victim Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate or demote an employee who complies with a valid subpoena to testify in a court or administrative proceeding.See Witness Duty Leave.
  • South Carolina does not require that employers grant paid leave to employees for jury duty or witness service. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate an employee who is a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical services personnel because the employee takes leave to respond to a firefighter mobilization plan when the US President or the Governor of South Carolina has a declared a state of emergency in a county within the state. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • An employee who leaves work to serve as a member of the South Carolina National and State Guard is entitled to certain reemployment rights. See Military Leave.