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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 Baker Daniels 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 Iowa employer must treat pregnancy-related disabilities as temporary disabilities for all work-related purposes, which includes providing up to eight weeks of leave. See Pregnancy Disability 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 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 and State Board Leave.
  • A volunteer emergency responder, such as volunteer firefighter, may be entitled to leave. See Emergency Responder Leave.