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Employment Law Minute: How long can an employee be off on medical leave?

Medical leaves of absence are a sensitive situation for any workplace. It’s typically a stressful time for employees. But a prolonged and indeterminate absence of a staff member can also be costly for employers.

In this episode of the Employment Law Minute, Ottawa employment lawyer Alex Lucifero – a partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP – explores how long an employee can be away from work on a medical leave of absence as well as what information an employer has the right to know.

Learn more by watching the video above. And if you’re experiencing an issue in the workplace, contact Samfiru Tumarkin LLP by emailing or visit