The health system offers various leave programs to eligible employees who may need time away from work because of certain life events. Employees are encouraged to consider a leave of absence when time away from work is needed to deal with serious medical conditions (your own or a family member), pregnancy, personal needs, domestic violence, military leave or educational leave.

Employees who need time away from work for bereavement, to vote in official elections, to complete jury duty or for lactation needs must contact their manager directly to schedule an appropriate leave from work. Employees may be eligible for additional leaves allowed under state or local laws, based on the employee’s primary worksite.

Workplace accommodations

Employees who are temporarily or permanently disabled or have restrictions that make it difficult for them to perform the essential functions of their job should contact the health system’s leave administrator to talk about their needs.

The HR Leave Administration team will work closely with the employee and their manager to determine if a reasonable workplace accommodation can be offered.

How to make a request

The health system partners with The Hartford to administer many of our leave programs. At least 30 days before the anticipated last day of work or as soon as the need for a leave and/or workplace accommodation is foreseeable, contact The Hartford.

To initiate a leave of absence: Contact The Hartford at 866-315-0809 and reference policy 675446. A Hartford representative is available Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. CST

For general questions: Contact the HR Support Center at 913-945-6500 or