Leave of Absence

When if you or a family member has a medical condition preventing you from working all or some of your regular work, you have options.

A leave of absence (LOA) is a period of time away from your job while still holding your position from the period the leave starts to when you return.

It’s different from other forms of absences like vacations or holidays.

Types of Leaves

State and federal laws provide you with the right to take job-protected leave with continued medical benefits for the times in your career when you need time off from work to care for yourself or a family member who is seriously ill or to care for a newborn/newly adopted child. These laws are the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and any related state and local laws in effect in your area.

  • Eligibility: If you have been employed by the company for at least 1 year and have worked at least 1,250 hours within the previous 12 months, you may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of FMLA.
  •  FMLA is unpaid; however, you may receive supplemental pay using available sick,   vacation or personal bank hours (if applicable).
  •  FMLA provides job protection and benefit continuation while on an approved leave.

Short Term Disability is paid disability coverage for non-occupational health conditions.  STD is available for your illness/disability only and does not provide benefits for your family members' illness/disability. 

  • Pays up to 60% of your base salary (plus direct sales commissions) up to $2,500.00 per week for a maximum of 25 weeks for approved disability claims. 
  •  Eligibility: If you work 30 or more hours per week, you are eligible for STD benefits  beginning on the first of the month following 30 days of active employment.
  • There is a 7-calendar day waiting period before the company will pay STD benefits
  •  You may be eligible to use accrued sick, vacation or personal bank to supplement the additional 40% of your pay while on approved leave 
  • STD is integrated with State Disability Insurance (SDI) where applicable.

 

Long Term Disability is a monthly benefit for employees who are disabled beyond the 25 weeks of approved STD. 

  • LTD is payable by The Hartford and acts like an insurance plan.  
  • LTD has a 180-day waiting period of total disability before benefits will be paid 
  • Will pay 50% of your base salary for approved disability claims or 60% if you purchased the “buy-up.” •
  • Eligibility: If you work 30 or more hours per week, you are eligible for benefits beginning on the first of the month following 30 days of active employment.

Leave FAQ

You'll want to contact the leave administrator and also The Hartford if you anticipate being out more than 5 days.

There are few instances (i.e. personal non-medical or non FMLA-related leave) where you would not need to open a claim but you’ll want to discuss with the leaves administrator prior to your leave starting. 

The Hartford will provide the forms needed once you open your claim. 

You can open a short term disability claim for the time your health care provider determines. This is usually  6 to 8 weeks for maternity but can be longer if medically necessary. You may also be able to take additional time under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This time is unpaid but you may receive supplemental pay using available sick, vacation or personal bank hours (if applicable).

Employees in California-Washington-New York-New Jersey and DC  should contact leaves@mcclatchy.com for additional information on State Disability Insurance and or Paid family leave programs.

 

Contacts

McClatchy's LOA team is here to help you navigate considerations or the need for leave.  For information regarding your rights under state and federal family and medical leave laws, disability laws, wage replacement or to notify of a leave of absence, contact the LOA team by phone, email or using the online form below: