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Thank you for the information and your question. An employer in Iowa has not duty to accommodate the childcare needs of their employees. So, yes, an employer may discipline, including termination, if an employee is absent for this reason unless the employee has preapproved vacation leave they are taking. The only small exception to this rule is that an employer may not deny an employee time off if they are only doing so because of the employee's gender, race, national origin, disability, religion, age (over 40), pregnancy or military service. So, for example, they would run afoul of the law if they routinely approved a woman's request to take time off for childcare reasons but did not approve a man's similar request. Otherwise though, as long as they are being evenhanded and not biased based on one of the stated reasons, they do not have to accommodate the employee.
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