A leave of absence is a period away from work, typically for medical reasons. However, sometimes people take leaves of absence for other reasons, such as traveling or taking care of personal matters. If you’re considering taking a leave of absence, it’s important to first talk to your employer about their policies. They may have specific requirements that you need to meet to be eligible for a leave.
Generally speaking, though, a leave of absence is a period away from your normal duties during which you are still considered an employee. This means that you typically maintain your benefits and health insurance during a leave of absence, and you generally don’t accrue vacation time while on leave.
There are a few different types of mandatory leave of absence, but one of the most common is when an employee has to leave due to illness or injury. In many organizations, there is a policy in place that requires employees to provide a doctor’s note or other documentation stating that they cannot work to be eligible for paid sick leave. Other types of mandatory leave can include military service, parental leave, and jury duty.
The leave of absence policies in an organization is important for several reasons: