DOL Launches Online Tool Highlighting Medical and Disability Leave Requirement



The U.S. Department of Labor recently unveiled a new online tool (Medical and Disability Related Leave Advisor) to help employees and employers understand the medical and disability leave to which employees may be entitled to manage medical conditions and disabilities.

The new tool 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 provided, the advisor directs users to federal employment laws that apply and provides additional information.

These laws include the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Specific information on laws applicable to various governmental employers and employment agencies are also provided.

To access the tool, please click here. Click on the large red button toward the bottom of the page.


While this tool helps employers identify federal laws that may impose an obligation to provide medical and disability leave, it should not be considered a comprehensive compliance tool. For instance, employers may be subject to state and local medical and disability related leave laws.