What is a Leave of Absence

A leave of absence is a pair or unpaid period of time an employee needs to request time off work to deal with unusual circumstances that may be occurring in an employees life and that isn’t covered by time off benefits provided by work (such as sick leave, vacation time, paid holidays, or paid time off).

The most common types of leave of absence include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Maternal/Parental leave
  • Military leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Jury duty

Some types of leave are required by law, although your company may have policies in place that determine the length of time allowed and whether or not the leave is paid.