Ohio bill provides unpaid leave for families of military personnel injured in combat

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House this week passed legislation that would provide unpaid leave for families of military men and women injured in combat.

Substitute House Bill 48, sponsored by Rep. Peter Ujvagi, a Democrat from Toledo, was approved on a vote of 86-8 and heads to the Ohio Senate for further deliberation.

The legislation would enable parents or spouses of men and women injured while on active to take up to 10 days per year of unpaid leave.

Employees would have to be on the payroll for 12 consecutive months, give a 14-day notice of their intentions to take the days off and use up all other accrued leave or compensatory time in advance.

Employers would have to return workers to their previous positions once the leave is completed. Those that violate the law could face civil actions.