Banner Health Employee Benefits - Work & Life  

Leaves of Absence

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If you are faced with a personal or professional situation that requires an extended period of time away from work, Banner Health offers several leave of absence options. Highlights of the plans are listed below. For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the Banner Health Employee Handbook on Banner’s employee website.

To begin a leave of absence or disability claim, contact CIGNA at (888) 842-4462 (or (888) 84CIGNA), weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Standard Time. For more details, view:

For information about time away from work for Bereavement, Jury Duty or Voting, speak with your supervisor, or contact your Human Resources department.

Leaves Related to:



Your Health

Family Medical Leave (FML) - Provides qualified employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for events such as the birth or adoption of a child or a serious health condition of the employee. FML is unpaid. If available, you must use Paid Time Off (PTO) for any time away from work while on FML. If eligible, Short-Term Disability, in combination with available PTO, may also be a source of pay during FML. If you are on a Medical Leave of Absence and have used all available PTO, you should contact Human Resources to see if you are eligible for Banner’s PTO Donation Program. Benefits will continue while on FML if you pay your portion of the cost.

Medical Leave of Absence - May be granted for a serious health condition if you are ineligible for Family Medical Leave. This leave requires the written support of your personal physician and may be approved for a period of up to 12 weeks. Paid Time Off (PTO) must be used if available. If eligible, Short-Term Disability (STD), in combination with available PTO, may also be a source of pay during FML. If PTO or STD are not available, this is an unpaid leave. If you are on a Medical Leave of Absence and have used all available PTO, you should contact Human Resources to see if you are eligible for Banner’s PTO Donation Program. Benefits will continue while on Medical Leave of Absence if you pay your portion of the cost.

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Your Military Service

Military Leave of Absence – When absent from work to perform duty in the armed services, you are eligible for this leave. You may choose to use Paid Time Off (PTO). The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) specifies that you must contact your employer within a certain period of time after the period of military service ends in order to be reinstated to your job. Benefits will continue while on Military Leave of Absence if you pay your portion of the cost.

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Personal Matters

Educational Leave of Absence - Educational leave may be considered to allow you to attend an institution approved by Banner Health for courses directly related to your job. All your available Paid Time Off (PTO) must be used as part of this leave.  After all PTO is used, this is an unpaid leave and there is no guarantee that your job will be available when you return from the leave. Benefits will continue while on Educational leave if you pay the full cost.
 
Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence – Help is offered through Paid Time Off (PTO), Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services and the Support Our Staff (SOS) program. Contact your Human Resources department to understand what is available to you under your state’s law and from Banner resources. Benefits will continue while on Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence if you pay your potion of the cost.

Personal Leave of Absence – This leave can be requested due to a compelling personal issue. Personal leave requires the approval of your supervisor, is generally limited to no more than 12 weeks, and there is no guarantee that your job will be available upon return. This is an unpaid leave. When available, Paid Time Off  (PTO) must be used while on personal leave. Benefits will continue while on Personal Leave if you pay the full cost.

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A Family Member’s Health

Family Medical Leave Act (FML) - Provides qualified employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for a serious health condition of a close family member. FML is unpaid.  If available, you must use Paid Time Off (PTO) for any time away from work while on FML. Benefits will continue while on FML if you pay your potion of the cost.

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A  Family Member’s Military Service

Military Family Medical Leave (FML) – You are entitled to up to 26 weeks of Military FML when your spouse, child or parent is either on active duty or on-call to active duty status, or in the event of a serious injury of your spouse, child, parent or next of kin who is a current member of the Armed Services. This is an unpaid leave but your job is protected. Available Paid Time Off (PTO) must be used during this leave. Benefits will continue while on Military FML if you pay your potion of the cost.

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These pages are highlights of the benefit plans. In the event of a difference between these pages and the legal documents/contracts, the legal documents/contracts will rule. Banner Health reserves the right to change, amend or discontinue all or part of these plans at any time for any reason. View Plan Documents
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