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Leave of Absence

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – Eligibility: 12 months of service, working 1,250+ hours

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees are entitled to twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for:

  • the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
  • the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
  • to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job
  • any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty”

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DOL Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet
Expectant Family Resources
Employee Checklist – Leave of Absence

Expectant Family Resources

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health offers resources and benefits to support you as you are growing your family.

When starting and growing your family there are many things to consider. LG Health is committed to helping you with the process while balancing your work lives. Whether you are expecting your first child, planning to adopt, need support with chest/breastfeeding, or a flexible work arrangement, LG Health has many resources that can help.

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Expectant Parental Guide

Short-Term Disability (STD) Benefits – Eligibility: 0.5 FTE

You accrue Short-Term Disability hours beginning with your date of hire, which can be used once you have completed 90 days of service*.

Benefits begin if you miss work for more than seven consecutive calendar days because of an illness or injury for self, spouse or dependent child**. Your STD coverage is designed to replace 100% of your pay per week, if accrued hours are available.

*STD benefits may not be utilized during the first three months of employment.
**The number of STD hours eligible for use varies for employee versus spouse and/or dependent child.

You must use any accrued PTB to cover the first seven consecutive calendar days of your disability. STD benefits may be paid for up to 83 consecutive calendar days (480 STD hours).

Full-time employees can earn up to 2.48 STD hours per bi-weekly pay period; part-time employees earn a pro-rated amount based on hours worked per pay period. STD hours begin accruing from your date of hire.

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Voluntary Short-Term Disability Benefits

Long-Term Disability (LTD) Benefits – Eligibility: 0.8 FTE and 1 year of service**

LTD benefits are provided at no cost. Eligibility for LTD benefits is satisfied one year from date of hire**. If you remain disabled and unable to work after 90 consecutive days of disability, the LTD Plan will provide up to 60% of your total monthly earnings (maximum monthly benefit does apply).

To qualify for LTD benefits, you must be certified as totally disabled by a physician and meet the other requirements of the program. Your LTD benefit is reduced by any disability income you receive from other sources such as Social Security, Workers’ Compensation or qualified retirement programs.

**Eligibility may differ for certain positions.

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