Employee Leave Toolkit

Resources to help employers comply with the legal requirements associated with employees taking leaves of absence from work.

Practical Law Labor & Employment

Employers often struggle to comply with their legal obligation to provide job-protected leave from employment. There is no single, uniform rule governing leave. Instead leave law is made up of multiple, complex and interrelated rules.

Failure to comply with leave law requirements can result in substantial legal and financial consequences. For example, employers may be required to pay lost wages, double damages and attorneys' fees. Additional legal consequences may include mandated employee reinstatement or promotion and other injunctive relief.

Understanding the core requirements of employee leave law helps employers avoid penalties and promote compliance. An employee may need a leave of absence for:

The Employee Leave Toolkit provides information on best practices for responding to employee leave issues, including resources to help employers respond to leave requests, comply with leave laws and minimize litigation risk.

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