How to financially plan for your leave

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Workers are human. That means sometimes they have needs that take them away from work for extended periods of time. Babies, illnesses and even sabbaticals can mean a long time away from a job and a paycheck, too.

So how can you cope financially if you take an extended leave? According to most experts, it’s a tricky balance of preparation and innovation.

There are some departures that are anticipated—a sabbatical is typically planned ahead of time, and a baby affords about nine months to plan. But there are many situations that are not expected, such as the illness of a family member or yourself.

Regardless of your situation, here are a few things to consider if you take a temporary departure:

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