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Leaves of absence what administrators need to know

Leaves of AbsenceWhat Administrators Need to Know

Brevard Public Schools

Compensation & Benefits

January 28, 2009

The new loa model
The New LOA Model

  • Simple and intuitive

  • Leave team manages LOAs from active duty

  • Leave initiators critical to smooth process

  • Developing online guidebook for handling leave requests

  • Understanding FMLA is important

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The New LOA Model

  • Leave of Absence defined as absence of greater than 5 days (excluding vacation)

  • Absence <5 days that subsequently goes beyond 5 days = LOA from day 1

  • Same event if RTW < 20 days

  • New event if RTW > 20 days

  • Non-emergency - docs due 14 days before

  • Emergency – docs due 14 days after

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The New LOA Model

  • The first question:

    • What type of leave is it, and what is required to initiate it?






The new loa model medical
The New LOA Model - Medical

  • Any absence >5 days for employee’s own illness or injury, no matter what the cause

  • Runs currently with Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) if eligible

  • Requires DOL certification form giving diagnosis, begin and end dates

  • These leaves are approved

The new loa model personal
The New LOA Model - Personal

  • Absence >5 days for any other reason except vacation

  • May request reason for the leave

  • If covered under FMLA (if eligible), requires DOL certification form and should be approved

  • May not work for other taxable income (except substitutes in our district)

  • Request may be denied by administrator

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The New LOA Model –Pay & Benefits Options

  • The second question:

    • How will being on LOA affect my pay and benefits?

      Sick pay

      Sick bank pay


      Workers’ Compensation


      Extended sick

The new loa model example
The New LOA Model – Example

Medical leave of absence – FMLA cert or HCP’s note defines duration as 16 weeks

16 wks.

FMLA 12 weeks

12 wks.

Paid time off available*

8 wks.

*Sick pay, sick bank pay, vacation

Family medical leave act

Family & Medical Leave Act

The act of 1993 allows an eligible EE of a covered employer to take job protected leave for up to a total of 12 work weeks* in any 12 months for:

Employee’s Own Serious Health Condition – MEDICAL

Birth of a Child – MEDICAL

Care of a Family Member – PERSONAL

Adoption & Foster Care - PERSONAL

*BPS performs the 12-week calculation by using the rolling 12-month period measured backward from first day of leave event




12 Months of Service (does not have to be consecutive)

1250 Actual Hours Worked preceding the date of leave

Exception to 1250 actual hours (teachers must have worked at least one full semester)

Must have FMLA Available to use

Request must be certified by a health care provider

Fmla military family leave
FMLA – Military Family Leave

Eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave because of “any qualifying exigency” arising out of the fact

that a spouse, son, daughter, or parent of the employee is on active duty, or has been notified of an impending call to active duty in support of a contingency operation.

Military leave entitlement
Military Leave Entitlement

An eligible EE who is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next to kin of a covered service member who is recovering from a serious illness or injury sustained in the line of duty on active duty is entitled up to a 26 weeks of leave in a single 12 month period to care for the service member.

The 26 weeks is a combined total of all types of FMLA leave.



Compensation & Benefits

Leave Management Team