Leave of Absence

When if you or a family member has 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

The purpose of the paid parental leave is to enable employees to care for and bond with a newborn, or a newly-adopted or newly-placed child.

McClatchy will provide up to ten (10) weeks of fully paid parental leave to employees following the birth of an employee's child or the placement of a child with an employee in connection with adoption, parental surrogacy, or foster-to-adopt care.


Eligible employees must meet the following criteria-

  •  Have been employed with the company for at least 6 months
  •  Be regularly scheduled to work at least 30 hours per week; temporary employees (hired for less than one year) and interns are not eligible for this benefit.   

In addition, to qualify for paid parental leave employees must meet one of the following criteria-

  • Have given birth to a child; or 
  • Be the married spouse or domestic partner of a person who has given birth to a child; or 
  • Have had a child placed with them through parental surrogacy; or 
  • Have adopted a child or been placed with a foster-to-adopt child (in either case, the child must be 17 years or younger). The adoption of a new spouse’s child and temporary foster care such as respite, emergency, kinship or therapeutic foster care, is excluded from this policy.

McClatchy provides fully paid maternity leave for eligible employees who give birth. Fully paid maternity leave for employees who give birth, starts once the child is born and continues 6-8 weeks after the child’s birth depending upon natural or c-section delivery. The paid maternity leave program will pay six (6) weeks of base pay because of a natural delivery and eight (8) weeks of base pay as a result of a c-section delivery.

If the employee giving birth to the child is released from work by their physician 4 weeks or less before the expected delivery date, they will be covered during that prepartum period under McClatchy’s short-term disability program.

After maternity leave ends, McClatchy will provide up to ten (10) additional weeks of fully paid parental leave. See parental leave section for more details.

Tip: Check out Aetna's maternity program page for information on maternity resources.

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.

  •  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.

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.

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. 
  • 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.

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.


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.


ALEX Leave of Absence provides robust, state-specific support for the following situations typically impacted by FMLA, state law, and short-term disability insurance policies:

  • Adding a child to the family (maternity, paternity, adoption, fostering, or surrogacy)
  • An employee’s own serious illness or injury
  • A family member’s serious illness or injury
  • Intermittent leaves, military caregiver leaves, and military exigencies

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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.


Policies & Forms


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: