Indiana Leave Laws

April 12th 2024

To ensure the well-being and productivity of workers, taking time off from work is extremely important.

This article outlines leave entitlements for employees in Indiana, exploring the different types available and eligibility factors.

Indiana provides 2 types of leave: required and non-required. The regulations may differ for state and private employers.

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Indiana Required Leave
Indiana Non-Required Leave

Indiana Required Leave

The types of leave that employers in Indiana are required to provide include:

1. Jury Duty Leave

  • Eligibility: All employees are allowed to take unpaid time off to attend jury duty, without fear of repercussions. Employees should inform their employer in advance and may be required to provide their jury summons.
  • Duration: For the duration of the jury service.
  • Circumstance for Utilizing Leave: When summoned for jury service.
  • Pay: Employers are not obligated to compensate an employee for this leave.

2. Family and Medical Leave

  • Eligibility: As per the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), all eligible employees in Indiana are entitled to unpaid, job-protected leave in the event of certain circumstances. To be eligible, employees must have worked at least 12 months and 1,250 hours for an employer. The FMLA applies to all state employers, public and private elementary or secondary school employers, and companies that have at least 50 workers.
  • Duration: Up to 12 weeks of leave per 12-month period.
  • Circumstance for Utilizing Leave: For reasons such as serious health issues or the need to care for a sick family member, bonding with a newborn, adopting a child or taking in a foster child, or caring for a family member who suffered a serious injury during active duty.

3. Family Military Leave

  • Eligibility: Employees who are the spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or sibling of a serving military member, are entitled to unpaid leave. Employees must have worked for the same employer for at least 12 months and 1,500 hours in the 12 months preceding the leave request to be eligible.
  • Duration: Up to 10 days of unpaid leave in a calendar year.
  • Circumstance for Utilizing Leave: This leave can be taken 30 days before active-duty orders start, during a leave of absence from active duty, or 30 days after active-duty orders end.

4. Sick Leave (Public Employers)

  • Eligibility: Employees in the State civil service are entitled to sick leave.
  • Duration: Full-time employees accrue 7.5 hours of sick leave for each 2 months of employment and an additional 7.5 hours of sick leave for each 4 months of employment. Part-time employees, working at least 50% of a full-time workload, accrue 3.75 hours of sick leave for each 2 months of employment and an additional 3.75 hours of sick leave for each 4 months of employment.
  • Circumstance for Utilizing Leave: For an employee to take when they are sick.

5. Holiday Leave (Public Employers)

  • Eligibility: State employees are entitled to paid time off on holidays.
  • Duration: For the duration of the official holiday.
  • Circumstance for Utilizing Leave: The occurrence of an official holiday recognized in Indiana.

Indiana Non-Required Leave

Employers in Indiana are not obligated by law to provide certain types of leave. However, they may choose to do so, in which case leave entitlements should be outlined in the company policies and employment contract. Non-mandatory types of leave include:

1. Sick Leave (Private Employers)

Employers in Indiana are not required to provide sick leave; however, they may choose to do so. Employees should be aware of the terms and conditions of employment contracts and company policies regarding sick leave entitlements.

2. Bereavement Leave

Unless specifically agreed upon in the employment contract or outlined in company policies, employers in Indiana are not obligated to offer bereavement leave to their employees.

3. Voting Time Leave

Indiana does not have any regulations at the federal or state level that require employers to provide time off for voting.

4. Vacation Leave

Employers in Indiana are not obligated to provide vacation leave unless specifically stated in the employment contract or company policies.

5. Holiday Leave (Private Employers)

Private employers are not required by law to provide holidays to their employees. However, many employers choose to do so as part of their benefits package.

The following are the official federal holidays recognized in Indiana:

Holiday Date
New Year’s Day 1 January
Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Day Third Monday in January
Lincoln’s Birthday 12 February
Washington’s Birthday Third Monday in February
Good Friday The Friday before Easter
Primary Election Day In certain years
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence Day 4 July
Labor Day First Monday in September
Columbus Day Second Monday in October
General Election Day In certain years
Veterans Day 11 November
Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day 25 December

If you want to know more about the entitlements of employees in Indiana, you can read our guides on your rights as a salaried employee in Indiana, and your rights as an hourly employee in Indiana. You can also learn more about Indiana Labor Laws through our detailed guide.

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