Temporary Disability Law and Legal Definition

Temporary disability is defined as a physical or mental disability which hampers your discharging of responsibilities for a short period of time. The federal government passed the Family & Medical Leave Act in 1992 which provides some job protections for persons who must take time off for medical reasons. Employees covered under the law may access the protections if they must take time off due to either their own medical condition or to care for a spouse, child or parent who is seriously ill. Benefits are also available at the birth or adoption of a child.