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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


  • Pennsylvania has a number of state leave laws that apply to employers depending on the number of employees that the employer has. To the extent federal and state law differ, whichever law provides greater benefits and protection to the employee will apply. See Pennsylvania - Leaves of Absence.
  • Pennsylvania does not have a separate law governing the provision of maternity, paternity, or other family leave, but, rather, follows the federal law on this topic. See Family and Medical Leave of Absence.
  • Pennsylvania law requires employers to allow employees to take leave to serve as jurors. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • Employers 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.
  • Employers 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 he or she is to report to work. See Volunteer Activities 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.
  • Philadelphia employers may be required to provide a leave of absence for victims of domestic or sexual violence; reasonable accommodations, such as a leave of absence, for pregnant employees; and paid sick leave. See Local Ordinances.