Missouri Family and Medical Leave
The state of Missouri does not have its own laws in regards to family
or medical leave. Instead Missouri used the federal law of the Family
and Medical Leave Act for its employed citizens. Under this act
employees are required to have a twelve-week allowance for personal
leave for family or medical purposes. These twelve weeks are to be
taken continuously and not spread out throughout the year. Also any
personal leave is to be unpaid.
Examples of allowed medical or family leave include hospitalization,
maternity leave, the care of an elderly parent, the care of an ill
child, or any other medical or psychological need. The Family and
Medical Leave Act protects employees from termination. Upon returning
to work an employee is entitled to his or her form employment or
employment of equal salary and benefit.
The Family and Medical Leave Act does not allow an individual to take
several weeks of unpaid leave and return to work part-time before the
twelve weeks is complete. An employer may allow this at his or her own
discretion, but it is not covered by this act. An employer may hire a
temporary employee to handle the employee's duties or may split them
among several current employees. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act
an employer may not terminate an employee on leave because a temporary
employee was better. However an absent employee is not exempt from
termination due to downsizing or financial problems.
Missouri Minimum Wage
Over several years Missouri has raised its minimum wage little by
little until the federal government set a new federal minimum in 2009.
The federal minimum required all states to raise their minimum wages to
no less than seven dollars and twenty-five cents. Under United States
law employees cannot be paid less than this amount upon hiring.
Minimum wage is normal adjusted yearly or every other year to
compensate for increase or decrease of living costs. Missouri is one of
the only states that does not have an established living cost
adjustment to its minimum wage. Under state law Missouri can lower its
minimum wage if the cost of living decreases.
Employees who are tipped more than thirty dollars a month can legally
be paid less than the federal minimum wage. This is only legal as the
tips acquired will make up the hourly wage difference. Employees are
not required to share their tips with salary-paid managers. When tips
are obtained in mass, individuals are to split the tips at the end of
No federal or Missouri state law requires employers to pay employees
more for working holidays or allow employees to take the day off on
holidays. By law businesses and companies may legally be open three
hundred sixty-five days a year, which means that employees are need
each day, despite holidays.
Employers have the right to pay employees for holidays or pay more for
working holidays. Union contracts may require employers to pay
employees for holidays or pay more for working holidays, even if they
otherwise would not have.