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Administrative leave

Administrative leave

Administrative leave is a temporary leave from a job assignment, with pay and benefits intact. Generally, the term is reserved for employees of non-business institutions such as schools, police, and hospitals.


Usually, an employee is placed on administrative leave when a constituent (student, parent, patient, suspect, victim, etc.) makes an allegation of misconduct against them. Many institutions choose to remove the employee from the situation while investigating such allegations.

Police officers are routinely placed on administrative leave after a shooting incident while an investigation is conducted. This does not imply fault on the part of the officer, and the vast majority of officers placed on leave for these reasons soon return to active duty.


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