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Is medical leave or short-term/long-term disability considered paid family leave?

SOLVEDby TurboTax1888Updated July 19, 2023

No. Pay from your employer, a third-party insurer, or the government while you're unable to work due to a serious illness or injury is considered paid medical leave (PML) income.

Example: You're getting regular paychecks while you're home recovering from major surgery, serious injury, chemotherapy, or pregnancy complications. You're receiving PML pay.

Typically, companies that offer paid medical leave or disability do so through a third-party insurer. You may receive a separate W-2 from that insurer to report the PFL income or you may see the PML reported as third-party sick pay on your regular, company-issued W-2.

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