Having just returned from speaking at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 21st annual Employment Law Institute, the No. 1 question on the mind of employers was how to deal with an employee's request for leave under the Americans with Disabilities Act once the employee's Family and Medical Leave Act leave has expired. The answer, like most reasonable accommodation issues, is it depends. Courts throughout the country have consistently held that unpaid leave is a form of reasonable accommodation. Unpaid leave may be an appropriate reasonable accommodation when an individual expects to return to work after getting treatment for a disability, recovering from an illness, or taking some other action in connection with his or her disability.