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Other Leaves: Kentucky

Other Leaves requirements for other states

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

Author: Emily N. Litzinger, Fisher Phillips


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Kentucky. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Kentucky does not have a state family and medical leave law applicable to private employers. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • A Kentucky employer with 15 or more employees may be required to provide leave as an accommodation for childbirth. See Pregnancy Leave.
  • Kentucky requires that employers allow newly adoptive parents to take up to six weeks of personal leave to receive an adopted child. See Adoption Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate an employee for responding to a subpoena to appear in local, state or federal court. See Witness Duty Leave.
  • All Kentucky employers must allow up to four hours of leave for employees to vote. See Voting Leave.
  • An employee selected to be an election officer must be given an entire day to attend training or serve as an election officer. See Election Official Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate employees who take time off for reasons related to serving as an emergency responder. See Emergency Responder Leave.