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Because the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (as amended in 2009) is expansive enough to cover most medical conditions, many employees will, at some point during their tenure, need a reasonable accommodation. One accommodation that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) considers presumptively reasonable is an unpaid leave of absence, even in instances where the employer is too small to be covered by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the employee’s tenure is too short to be FMLA-eligible.

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