The myriad of leave laws and requirements often make employee leave requests an area of confusion, concern and risk for employers. If an employee has a medical condition and must take leave from their job, there may be several laws, benefits and policies that cover the situation.

Many employers are familiar with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) process as well as their own company’s policies for PTO, sick time and short- or long-term disability. But, that’s not the end of the leave analysis. One thing to keep in mind while navigating the complicated leave process is that leave can also be a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar state or local laws.

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