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Other Leaves: Alabama

Other Leaves requirements for other states

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

Author: Tamula Yelling, Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP


  • There are several types of leave that may be available to an employee in Alabama which is required by federal or state law, and may be affected by an individual employer's policies. To the extent that federal and state law differs, whichever law provides greater benefits and protection to the employee will apply. See Alabama - Leaves of Absence.
  • Alabama does not have a state family and medical leave law. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • An employee may take unpaid leave to respond to a subpoena to testify or to participate in the reasonable preparation of a criminal proceeding. See Crime Victim Leave.
  • An Alabama employer must excuse an employee from work for the day(s) he or she serves as a juror in any court, as long as the employee provided proper notification to his or her immediate supervisor. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • An Alabama employer must grant leave to an employee who is an active member of the Alabama National Guard, Naval Militia, Alabama State Guard or a reserve component of the US Armed Forces while he or she is engaged in defense, training or other military services. See Military Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate an employee who is a member of a volunteer fire department of emergency medical service who is late or fails to report to work while responding to an emergency call. See Voluntuntary Emergency Responder Leave.
  • An employee who is a qualified registered voter can take up to one hour of leave for the purpose of voting in any municipal, county, state or federal primary and/or general elections, as long as the employee provides reasonable notice to his or her employer. See Voting Leave.
  • An Alabama employer with 26 or more employees must provide a limited leave for election officials. See Election Leave.