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Does taking medical leave for 3 months adversely affect future exit opportunities? When I apply to other jobs, does HR check how much leave you took and see that as a red flag?

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Super helpful, thank you!

I took a medical leave for close to two months and was worried about all this stuff. But it’s truly okay and most of the firm won’t even know you are gone. As long as you communicate with HR and inform your leadership that you will be gone for a short while (no need to share reason unless you feel comfortable doing so)

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Also curious about this. For example, if someone went on leave for a year, they’d have an extra year of “experience” that didn’t really exist.

It’s different with a medical leave.

Also can they fire you while on leave? / Is it grounds for firing?

Depends on type of leave. If it’s covered under FMLA (typically unpaid leave), they cannot fire you. If it’s a short term disability leave and you are paid, they can fire you. But they cannot use the leave as the reason. It has to be due to performance. But typically companies are hesitant to let employees go during a medical leave or right after a leave due to potential lawsuits. Talk to HR to get clarification - they cannot share the information you discuss with your team or firm leadership

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