Last updated on: February 22nd, 2022
Hours & Pay Regulations
Kansas does not have a paid annual leave law that applies generally to private employees.
Kansas employers must pay a minimum wage of at least $7.25 an hour, as of January 1, 2020.
The above information on minimum wages might not be up to date & subject to change. Kindly access the DOL website for the current rates.
Employers must provide leaves of absence to employees for childbearing. Employers can’t treat employees disabled by pregnancy or childbirth differently with regard to commencement and duration of leave, accrual of seniority and other benefits, and payment under any health, temporary disability insurance, or sick leave plan from any other temporarily disabled employees.
Employees must be allowed up to two consecutive hours of paid time off from work to vote in an election. However, if polls are open outside an employee’s working hours, the employee must only be allowed leave that provides at least two consecutive hours when added to the employee’s non-working hours. An employer may specify the hours an employee may leave work to vote, but may not designate the employee’s lunchtime for voting.
An employer may not discharge or in any manner discriminate or retaliate against an employee who is the victim of domestic violence or a victim of sexual assault for taking time off from work to obtain or attempt to obtain judicial relief such as a restraining order; seek medical attention; obtain services from a domestic violence shelter, domestic violence program, or rape crisis center; or make court appearances in the aftermath of domestic violence or sexual assault. An employee shall give the employer reasonable advance notice of his or her intention to take time off unless such advance notice is not feasible.
An employee seeking domestic violence leave must give his or her employer advance notice of the intention to take time off of work, whenever possible. Within 48 hours of the employee’s return, the employee must provide documentation that supports the requested time off. An employer may not take adverse action against an employee for an unscheduled absence if the employee provides sufficient documentation (such as a police report) to support the absence within 48 hours. Employees are permitted up to eight days of domestic violence leave per calendar year. Leave taken is unpaid. However, employees may substitute any accrued paid leave for the otherwise unpaid leave.
Employers must reinstate or restore employees to the permanent position they held when they were called or ordered to state active duty as members of any state military force unless re-employment is impossible or unreasonable or would impose an undue hardship on employers.
Under the Kansas Acts Against Discrimination (KAAD), employers are prohibited from discriminating against an employee on the basis of sex in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. The KAAD, under its regulations, recognizes pregnancy discrimination as a form of sex discrimination. The regulations require covered employers to:
- Provide leave of absence, for a reasonable period of time, for female employees due to childbearing; and
- Consider as temporary disabilities for all job-related purposes disabilities which are caused or contributed to by:
- Pregnancy; or
- Miscarriage; or
- Abortion; or
- Childbirth; or
- Recovery from any of the above.
An employer must provide unpaid leave for all time an employee spends completing jury service. An employer may not discharge or threaten to discharge an employee due to his or her jury service. Employees must be reinstated to their same positions without loss of seniority or benefits following jury service.
In addition to USERRA, Kansas law provides job protections for state and U.S. military service members. Employers must grant eligible employees an unpaid leave of absence if called to active duty or to perform annual drills (unless the employer provides paid leave in similar leave situations). Employees are entitled to leave for the period of military duty plus 72hours after release from duty or recovery from disease or injury resulting from military duty.
Executive branch state employees are allowed up to 30 days of paid leave for organ donation. (EO2001-02).