The HR Dictionary

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence is a mechanism for workers to take time off from work while they are dealing with extraordinary circumstances, as opposed to paid time off (PTO) and vacation time. The following are typical justifications: childbirth, adoption, taking care of sick family members, major health issues, or military leave. Employees may be granted leave in certain situations under federal or state law as well.

An HRIS with PTO/leave capabilities can easily allow employees to apply for leave should such a need arise. It can also allow supervisors to see who is on leave, what type of leave was taken, and keep track of all leave activities.