When you’re out because you’re sick or injured: short-term disability benefits may be available to you. If you’re a full-time associate and have an eligible medical condition requiring that you miss work for an extended period of time, you can submit a short-term disability claim to help replace part of your income for up to 25 weeks, after a seven-day waiting period. When you apply for leave, your leave specialist will let you know if you’re eligible for short-term disability. For more information about short-term disability coverage, check out this link: short-term disability, or the 2020 Associate Benefits Book with 2021 Summary of Material Modifications.
When you’re injured on the job: workers’ compensation benefits may be available to you. If your leave is due to an illness or injury covered by workers' compensation, Sedgwick, our leave administrator, will set up an LOA to run for the same length of time as your workers' compensation claim, once you've missed more than three days of work. However, it's still a good idea to check with Sedgwick to confirm that an LOA has been created.
Timing of leaves
There are three types of leaves available:
- Continuous Leave: An absence for any of the reasons above for an uninterrupted length of time.
- Intermittent Leave: an absence that happens from time to time due to an FMLA-qualifying medical reason, like continuing medical treatments. The process is essentially the same as for a regular FMLA leave, but your doctor will need to specify how long and how often you'll be absent.
- Reduced Hours: This is for when you're able to return to work after an LOA, but can’t work a full shift yet.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR AN LOA?
You’re eligible for a job-protected FMLA Leave if you have:
- Worked for the company for 12 months; and
- Worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months prior to your leave.
Different eligibility requirements may apply under certain state laws. For more information, see the FMLA policy.