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Other Leaves: Pennsylvania

Other Leaves requirements for other states

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

Author: Christin Choi, Fisher Phillips


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Pennsylvania. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Pennsylvania does not have a state family and medical leave law applicable to private employers.See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Disabilities caused or contributed to by pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, childbirth or recovery are, for job related purposes, temporary disabilities and must be treated as such. See Pregnancy Disability Leave.
  • While employers are not required to provide leave for the purpose of bone marrow or organ donation, if an employer provides a paid leave of absence to employees for the specific purpose of bone marrow or organ donation, the employer is eligible for a tax credit. See Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Leave.
  • Pennsylvania law requires employers to allow employees to take leave to serve as jurors. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate employment or otherwise deprive employees of seniority or benefits because the employee attends court by reason of being a victim of, or a witness to, a crime, or by virtue of being a member of such victim's family. See Crime Victim Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate or discipline certain employees (i.e., volunteer fireman) who are responding in the line of duty to a call, prior to the time they report to work. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • Pennsylvania law prohibits the termination of, or discrimination against, an employee because of the employee's membership in any reserve component of the military. See Military Leave.
  • Pennsylvania law does not require that an employer provide an employee with time off to vote. See Voting Leave.
  • Localities including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have requirements pertaining to other leaves. See Local Requirements.