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5 Situations in Which You Can Take
Extended Leave From Work

Extended Leave From Work

Joe Biden recently announced that he wants to guarantee all workers at least 12 weeks of paid leave each year.

But did you know that you can already take extended leave in certain situations? Needing more than the occasional flu day doesn't mean you need to go without your wages.

So, if you need some time away from the 9/5 grind, make sure you learn about your rights and when you're entitled to time off, paid or unpaid.

Read on to learn about five situations you can take extended leave from work.

1. Sick Leave

There's no legal requirement for all companies to provide paid sick leave. However, many companies follow laws set by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which entitles you to at least 12 weeks of unpaid leave for sickness.

Many companies also have their own paid sick leave policies where you'll be compensated for time off.

Sickness policies and laws vary worldwide, and there are various legal acts, such as the Fair Work Commission, designed to protect employee rights.

2. Compassionate Leave

Most American workers receive three days of compassionate leave to grieve the loss of a loved one.

Where there is no law around compassionate leave, all reputable companies will either have a compassionate leave policy or allow you to take extra sick days.

If you need extended leave past three days, it may be unpaid, but you still have the right to request it.

3. Parental Leave

If you welcome a new baby into your family, you are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of paternity or maternity leave each year. However, this is often unpaid.

Only 21% of American workers are entitled to paid parental leave through their company, despite 82% of Americans thinking it's a necessity.

4. Jury Duty

If you are summoned for jury duty, you must attend. So, you will be off work for as long as the court case lasts. Your employer cannot fire you for attending jury duty, but they are not obligated to pay you for your time away from work.

You will receive a reimbursement for your time on the jury, but this may be as little as $5 per day.

5. Vacation Leave

Taking extended vacation leave isn't always easy in America; the average worker gets around ten days of paid vacation per year.

However, vacation leave is often accrued throughout the year, so it's rare to be able to take vacation days in the first year of a job.

Many employers have separate extended vacation leave policies you can enquire about, but this time off will almost certainly be unpaid.

Know When You Can Take Extended Leave

So that's a brief guide to five of the legitimate reasons you can take extended leave from work. Everyone needs a break sometimes, so make sure you know when you're due some time off!

When you do go on leave, just make sure you understand your rights.

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