What you need to know
In general, a leave of absence isn’t paid—it’s an extended time away from work. That said, there are options, including short-term disability benefits or using your earned PTO, to help maintain your income while you’re away from work on an approved LOA.
Sign up for 2-step verification at work before your LOA for quick, secure access to your claims, benefits, PTO, and payroll information while you’re away.
Depending on your circumstances, your options can include:
Paid time off (PTO)
You can use earned PTO to cover your income while you’re away. If you submit a short-term disability claim, you can use earned PTO for the seven-calendar-day unpaid waiting period before your approved claim starts. To learn more about PTO, click here.
Short-term disability benefits:
If you have a serious medical condition requiring a leave for more than seven calendar days, we’ve got a benefit for that. To initiate a short-term disability claim, reach out to Sedgwick.
- Remember, you have a seven-calendar day waiting period before short-term disability benefits start. To get paid during that waiting period, you can use your available PTO. Refer to the Paid Time Off (PTO) policy for more details.
- Once Sedgwick approves your short-term disability claim:
- Full-time hourly associates:
- Get 50% of their average weekly wage for up to 25 weeks under the short-term disability basic plan. If your disability-related leave began before March 1, 2021, there's still a $200 weekly maximum.
- Get 60% of their average weekly wage for up to 25 weeks with no weekly maximum under the short-term disabilty enhanced plan.
- Associates in CA, HI, NJ, NY and RI will receive short-term disability pay through their state’s disability program, which may have different benefits and maximums.
* Please note: Your disability payments are based on your salary as of your last day worked. If you are on leave when annual increases go into effect, you will not receive your increase until you return from your leave.