(someone) is out on maternity leave

"Leave" is a break from your job. There are several different types of leave:

  • sick leave
  • vacation leave
  • maternity leave

"Maternity leave" is time that women get off of work when they have a baby. Depending on the country and company, the length of maternity leave can range from a few weeks to over a year.

When a person is taking leave and isn't at work, you describe them as being "out on leave":

Sorry, but Mr. Schumacher is out on sick leave.

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