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Leave of Absence

What is a leave of absence? 

Simply put, a leave of absence occurs when an employer grants an employee an extended period of time away from their work responsibilities to handle a significant personal event, with the expectation the employee will return to work after the leave. Depending on the jurisdiction and circumstances the employee is dealing with, the leave may be prescribed by legislation. Some examples of legislated leaves are pregnancy leave, sick leave, and reservist leave. Legislated leaves of absence have varying qualifying requirements and durations, and they may be paid or unpaid depending on the jurisdiction and circumstances.  

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