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Employers Get ‘Holy Grail’ Ruling on Leave as Job Accommodation

Sept. 26, 2017, 10:19 AM

An injured or ill employee isn’t ready to return to work after using all of her federally protected medical leave. Is the worker entitled to take more leave as an accommodation for her disability? If so, how much more?

Employers may be required to allow workers to take a couple of extra days or weeks off, but long-term medical leave spanning months isn’t required under federal disability rights law, according to a federal appeals court in Chicago.

The Family and Medical Leave Act is the federal law that controls the rights of eligible workers to take job-protected medical leave, the ...