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Stress leave: How much must you accommodate?

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Do any of these situations sound familiar?

  • At Aon Corp., which lost many workers in the World Trade Center attack, groups of employees continue to ask for medical leave to take time off for emotional health.
  • Merrill Lynch continues to log a dramatic increase in the number of employees wanting to telecommute, at least 1,700 workers from two business units at last count.

If you're still wrestling with these kinds of sticky issues, you're not alone. Most employers have met post-Sept. 11 employee requests with patience and understanding. But some worry that if the economic slump continues, they can't be so accommodating. At the same time, experts caution that other problems can surface months later, including panic attacks, depression or substance abuse. (See box, below left.)

It's inevitable that some of these disputes will wind up in court. That leads to an important question: How much so-called "stress leave...(register to read more)

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