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DOL Releases New Online Tool to Help Employers Understand Medical- and Disability-Related Leave

New Resource Now Available

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has unveiled a new online tool to help employers (and employees) understand the leave employees may be entitled to take for purposes of managing medical conditions and disabilities.

The new Medical- and Disability-Related Leave Advisor asks users a few questions, such as type of business or organization, workforce size, and if the entity receives federal financial assistance. With that information, the advisor quickly directs users to federal employment laws that apply and provides additional information.

These laws include the federal Family and Medical Leave Act which provides eligible employees of covered employers up to 12 work weeks of leave in a 12-month period for certain reasons, among them the employee's own serious health condition; and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability nondiscrimination laws, under which leave may be considered a reasonable accommodation.

The leave advisor is one of a series of elaws Advisors (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) that the DOL provides to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under federal employment laws.

Click here to access the new Medical- and Disability-Related Leave Advisor.

Note: Employers may also be subject to state and local medical- and disability-related leave laws.

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