Last updated on: April 27th, 2022
Hours & Pay Regulations
Kentucky does not have a vacation leave law that applies generally to a private employee.
An employer may cap the amount of vacation leave an employee may accrue over time. See Berrier v. Bizer, 57 S.W.3d 271 (Kent. Sup. Ct. 2001).
An employer may implement a “use-it-or-lose-it” policy requiring employees to use their leave by a set date or lose it. See Berrier v. Bizer, 57 S.W.3d 271 (Kent. Sup. Ct. 2001).
Employees must be paid at least the state minimum wage rate of $7.25 an hour. If an increase in the federal minimum exceeds the state minimum wage, the state minimum will increase to the same amount.
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 treat employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions in the same manner as other employees with a similar ability or inability to work for all employment-related purposes, including fringe benefit plans. Military caregiver leave – allows eligible employees to take up to 26 workweeks of leave during a “single 12-month period” to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness when the employee is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of the service member. The “single 12-month period” for military caregiver leave is different from the 12-month period used for other FMLA leave reasons.
Employer required to grant the employee leave to serve in the National Guard. An employee shall be granted a leave of absence by his employer for the period required to perform active duty or training in the National Guard. Upon the employee’s release from a period of active duty or training, he shall be permitted to return to his former position of employment with the seniority, status, pay or any other rights or benefits he would have had if he had not been absent, except that no employer shall be required to grant an employee a leave of absence with pay.
Any person entitled to a vote at any election in this state shall, if he has made an application for leave prior to the day he appears before the county clerk to request an application form or to execute an absentee ballot, be entitled to absent himself from any services or employment in which he is then engaged or employed for a reasonable time, but not less than four (4) hours on the day he appears before the clerk to request an application form or to execute an absentee ballot, during normal business hours of the office of the clerk or to cast his ballot on the day of the election between the time of opening and closing the polls. The employer may specify the hours during which an employee may absent himself.
An employer must provide an employee who makes a written request for reasonable personal leave with up to six weeks of unpaid leave or if the employer has established a policy providing time off for birth parents that is greater than 6 weeks, that period of time shall be the minimum period of leave available to adoptive parents for a child under the age of 10.
If an employer provides paid leave or any other benefits to employees who are birth parents following the birth of a child, it shall also provide the same type, amount, and duration of paid leave and other benefits to employees following the adoption of a child.
No employer shall terminate an employee who is a volunteer firefighter, rescue squad member, emergency medical technician, peace officer, or a member of an emergency management agency because that employee when acting as a volunteer firefighter, rescue squad member, emergency medical technician, peace officer, or a member of an emergency management agency, is absent or late to the employee’s employment in order to respond to an emergency prior to the time the employee is to report to his or her place of employment.
All Federal Employees are eligible to take up to 30 days a year of paid leave for donating organs. (5 U.S.C. §6327).