Injured or disabled employees, whether their injury was sustained on or off the job, may force an employer to step into an intricate web of interconnected leaves. For employers, it can be all too easy to become entangled in the many different, interlocking leave laws. An injured employee may be eligible for one, two, or more leaves concurrently and the employer's responsibilities under each may be triggered at different times and vary depending on the type of leave. Employers with the best intentions in attempting to comply with the law applicable to one form of leave, may violate another. Safety managers must work with the Human Resources manager to ensure full compliance with all leave laws.
Therefore, it's important that employers possess an accurate and up-to-date understanding of the various leave laws to avoid liability. Though it is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis on the issue of leaves, the discussion below will help employers better understand the basic issues and possible entanglements that arise under the applicable leave laws. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the applicability of any of these laws, it is best to approach an attorney and seek advice.