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University Health Associates. I need to be off work…… What do I do?. Please you the left and right arrow keys to move from slide to slide. Ask yourself:. Will I need to be off more than 7 days?

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university health associates

University Health Associates

I need to be off work……

What do I do?

Please you the left and right arrow keys to move from slide to slide.

ask yourself
Ask yourself:
  • Will I need to be off more than 7 days?
    • Yes = You will need to complete a Family Medical Leave Request Form or Physician Statement and submit it to your supervisor and Human Resources
    • No = You will just need a physician statement to attach to your timesheet
what next
What Next?
  • I submitted my form, now what?
    • Once you have submitted your Leave Request Form, Human Resources will determine what type of leave you are eligible for.
      • Family Medical Leave of Absence
      • Medical Leave of Absence
what is family medical leave of absence
What is Family Medical Leave of Absence
  • The FMLA allows employees to balance their work and family life by taking reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons.
  • Employees are entitled to take up to 12-weeks of unpaid leave if they meet the eligibility criteria for FMLA
  • The employee’s job is protected during this leave in most cases
fmla eligibility
FMLA Eligibility
  • To be eligible for FMLA, an employee must meet all of the following requirements:
    • Must be a full-time or part-time regular employee
      • Temporary employees and students are not eligible
    • Employed by UHA for at least 12 months
    • Worked at least 1,250 hours in the previous 12 months
    • Meet the family or medical criteria for the FMLA Act.
reasons to take fmla
Reasons to take FMLA
  • An employee is granted leave for any of the following reasons:
    • Birth and care of a newborn child of the employee
    • Placement of a child for adoption or foster care for the newly placed child
    • Care for immediate family member(spouse, child or parent) with a serious health condition
    • Medical leave for the employee when they are unable to work due to their own serious health condition
uha specifics of fmla
UHA & Specifics of FMLA
  • 12-weeks entitlement is over a rolling calendar year
    • UHA will determine eligible time by verifying any previous time used in the previous 12 months from the first day of the leave being requested
      • Example - May 1, 2005 you request a leave through May 31, 2005. UHA will look back to May 1, 2004 to see if you had taken a FMLA during that time and if so, how many weeks were used. If you took a 2 week leave August 1, 2004 - August 14, 2004, then you will only be eligible for 10 weeks for the May 1, 2005 leave since you had taken 2 weeks within the past 12 months.
      • Additionally, once you get to August 1, 2005, you will also regain the days you used prior in 2004 since the calendar continually moves as you progress through your leave.
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UHA & Specifics of FMLA
  • Who are immediate family members
    • Your spouse (includes common-law)
    • Your Parents (not in-laws or grandparents)
    • Your children(biological, step, adopted or foster)
      • In some cases, if the child is an adult, over the age of 18, you may not be eligible to take FMLA. The adult child must be incapable of self-care due to a mental or a physical disability.
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UHA & Specifics of FMLA
  • “Serious Health Condition” as certified by a health care provider
    • Inpatient care
    • Incapacity for three consecutive days with continuing treatment by health care provider
    • Pregnancy or prenatal care
    • Treatment for incapacity due to chronic health condition
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UHA & Specifics of FMLA
  • Unpaid leave versus paid leave
    • The FMLA Act allows employers to substitute paid leave for the period of time taken under FMLA
    • UHA requires an employee to use their Short-Term Disability and, in some cases, their Paid Time Off when on FMLA
serious health conditions
“Serious Health Conditions”
  • Some examples of health conditions considered serious under FMLA:
    • cancer, Alzheimer's, severe stroke, illness requiring hospice care, asthma, or other severe chronic conditions
  • Some examples of health conditions not considered serious under FMLA:
    • common cold, flu, dental, orthodontics, acne treatments, and normal physician visits
who is a health care provider
Who is a Health Care Provider?
  • A Health Care Provider is:
    • Physician
    • Podiatrist
    • Dentist
    • Clinical Psychologist
    • Optometrist
    • Chiropractor licensed in our state
    • Mid-Level Provider: Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Clinical Social Worker
    • Christian Science Practitioner
who is not a health care provider
Who is not a Health Care Provider?
  • A Health Care Provider is not:
    • Registered Nurse
    • Physical Therapist
    • Counselor
    • Front Office Staff
    • Technician or Technologist
paid leave substitution
Paid Leave Substitution
  • The Paid-Leave Substitution follows the same premise as our Short-Term Disability policy
    • Inpatient, invasive or evasive procedures or emergent care for serious health conditions give an employee immediate access to STD and continued access to STD for the period of incapacity
    • Three or more days of incapacity without one of the above reasons requires the employee to take the first 2 days of incapacity as PTO, then they can access STD on the third day. To continue accessing STD for the remainder of the illness, the employee would need a physician statement
    • The employee can choose to access PTO once they have exhausted their STD for FMLA except for pregnancies extending beyond the normal recovery times. In some cases of a Medical Leave, the employee may be required to access PTO once they have exhausted their STD, as well.
full fmla or intermittent fmla
Full FMLA or Intermittent FMLA
  • Full FMLA
    • Off work for 7 or more consecutive days
    • Time is taken in 8 hour days
  • Intermittent FMLA
    • Off work intermittently over a specific time period
    • Time is taken as needed in hourly increments, periodically during the specified time period
uha intermittent fmla specifics
UHA & Intermittent FMLA Specifics
  • For Intermittent FMLA, UHA will allow the employee to access STD or PTO depending on the reason for the leave
  • For periodic treatments for chronic illness, the employee can access STD
  • For periodic follow-up physician visits, the employee can access PTO

***Remember we still follow the STD policy when determining the type of paid leave to substitute.***

certification of leave
Certification of Leave
  • Certification (physician statement) or the Family Medical Leave Request form must be submitted to Human Resources as soon as possible or prior to a leave known in advance
  • If certification is not received within 30 days of the first day of the leave, the leave can be denied for FMLA.
  • For intermittent leave, employees should provide a physician statement to their supervisor for each occurrence to ensure the appropriate Paid Leave is used.
  • UHA requires employees on an intermittent leave to recertify the need for the leave annually
  • UHA requires employees to recertify any time there is a change in the original leave request
returning from leave
Returning from Leave
  • UHA requires all employees returning from FMLA to present a Return-to-work slip prior to working
  • Return-to-work slips are to be presented to supervisors and HR
  • If the leave was for a family member, a return-to-work slip is preferred; however, a verbal notification can be given to the supervisor and HR
i am not eligible for fmla now what
I am not eligible for FMLANow What?
  • If you do not meet the eligibility for FMLA, you may still qualify for a Medical Leave of Absence
    • Medical Leave of Absence entitles the employee to up to 6 months or 26 weeks of leave for serious health conditions.
    • UHA uses the same criteria for determining medical need for a Medical Leave of Absence as we use for FMLA
medical leave specifics
Medical Leave Specifics
  • Medical Leaves run concurrent with all other leaves. An employee can only be authorized to be off the job a total of 6 months/26 weeks in a rolling calendar year
    • Example - you have exhausted your FMLA entitlement (12 weeks) and need to be out again for 6 weeks. This would be a Medical Leave, but you would only have 8 weeks remaining of Medical Leave at the end of the current 6 week request.
    • Still follows a rolling calendar year
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Medical Leave Specifics
  • Immediate Family
    • Same as the FMLA
  • Serious Health Conditions
    • Same as the FMLA
  • Paid Leave Substitution
    • Same as the FMLA
  • Certification/Recertification
    • Same as the FMLA
  • Health Care Providers
    • Same as the FMLA
  • Family Medical Leave Request Form
    • UHAonline under Human Resources - Forms
  • Family Medical Leave FAQ
    • UHAonline under Human Resources - Frequently asked questions
  • Human Resources is available to answer your specific questions
    • 293-4270