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Rhode Island School Visitation Law

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Several states, including Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Illinois and Colorado, have enacted laws at the state level regarding leave for school events. Employers in these states are required to give employees unpaid time of to attend events such as parent-teacher conferences and classroom events.

There are two separate visitation laws in California. These laws prevent employers from taking negative action against workers who take unpaid school visitation leave.

One of these laws applies to all employers, regardless of their size, mandating parents or guardians be given unpaid time off for disciplinary events, such as hearings regarding suspension or expulsion.

The second law applies to companies with 25 or more workers at the same location. Under this law, parents, guardians and grandparents with custody of children may take time off for school events, including concerts, plays and sporting events. This second law covers children kindergarten through grade12 and those in licensed daycare. Workers may time PTO (Paid Time Off), comp time, or vacation time, but may only take up to 8 hours per month, and 40 hours per year. If both parents work for the same employer, only one worker can leave.

Parents and guardians in Illinois may take up to 8 hours of unpaid leave.

In Colorado, the parent or guardian of a K-12 student may take off 6 hours per month for a total of 18 hours per year. According to the Colorado Academic Activities Leave Law, which applies to businesses with 50 or more workers, this leave must be taken in increments of 3 hours each. Most employees can use paid leave instead of unpaid time off. Supervisory employees, however, are not covered by this law.

In Texas, the school visitation law is limited to employees who work for the Texas state government. Louisiana, Tennessee and several other states recommend employers provide workers with school visitation leave, but doing so is not required by law.


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