Leaves

Faculty Medical Leave of Absence

Short Term Disability

Workers' Compensation

Family Medical Leave of Absence

Personal and Other Types of Leave

Leaves

An employee who is absent due to personal illness or injury is considered on medical leave and retains the status of "active" employment for a period of up to six months in any 12-month period provided the employee is receiving New York State Disability, Workers' Compensation, medical leave, or other approved leave from Ithaca College.

 

Faculty Medical Leave of Absence

Faculty are not covered under short term disability benefits; however, they may apply for leave of absences or reductions in load due to medical reasons. Appropriate medical documentation must be provided to process an approved paid and/or unpaid medical leave of absence.

For further details please refer to the policy links below. Please note, the Leave of Absence or Reduction in Load Application form must be completed, signed and forwarded to your department chair, dean, and provost for approval. A copy of the approved signed form must then be forwarded to Deb Merriman, Benefit Programs and Compliance Administrator in the Office of Human Resources.

Important Links:

Leave of Absence or Reduction in Load Application Form

IC Policy Manual Section:

4.8 Faculty Leaves of Absence With and Without Pay

4.8.2 Unpaid Leaves of Absence

4.8.3 Reductions in Load

For further information or questions, please contact Deb Merriman at dmerriman@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3851.

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Short Term Disability

Staff members (non-faculty) are covered by New York State Disability after four weeks of employment. Premiums for this coverage are paid by the College. This benefit provides for employees in the event of a non-job related disability. The benefit provides fifty percent (50%) of a claimant's average weekly wage, but no more than the maximum benefit allowed (currently $170 per week - see WCL § 204). In addition to the mandated benefit, for those employees who are in benefit eligible positions the College offers a supplemental benefit that pays additional benefits up to a maximum of $400 per week.

Benefits are paid for a maximum of 26 weeks of disability during 52 consecutive weeks (see WCL § 205). For employed workers, there is a 7-day waiting period for which no benefits are paid. Benefit rights begin on the eighth consecutive day of disability (see WCL § 208).

Important Links:

Reporting Your Disability Claim

Disability Notice Form

Statement of Rights - Disability Benefits Law

IC Policy Manual Section:

3.9.14.2 New York State Disability (Non-Work-Related Illness or Injury)

For further information or questions, please contact Katherine Sack at ksack@ithaca.edu or 607-274-1208. 

Workers' Compensation

In the event that you are injured at work this benefit provides income protection, medical, and survivor benefits for job related illnesses or injuries. The costs of this benefit are covered entirely by the College.

To report an incident, you must complete the "Report of Injury/Illness and Investigation" form. This form should be completed within 24 hours of the incident and submitted to your supervisor. Once your supervisor has reviewed and signed the "Report of Injury/Illness and Investigation" form, he/she will forward the form to the Office of Human Resources for processing.

Important Links:

Report of Injury/Illness and Investigation

Statement of Rights - Workers' Compensation Laws

IC Policy Manual Section:

3.9.14.5 Workers' Compensation (Work-Related Illness or Injury)

For further information or questions, please contact Deb Merriman at dmerriman@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3851.

Other Leaves

Family Medical Leave of Absence

The College offers employees the opportunity to apply for up to six months of unpaid leave due to the birth, adoption, or illness of an employee or immediate family member. According to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the federal government requires employers to grant unpaid leaves of absence lasting up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period for the following qualifying events for FMLA:

  • the birth of a son or daughter of the employee and the care of such son or daughter
  • the placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care
  • the care of a spouse, son, daughter, or parent of the employee who has a serious health condition
  • a serious health condition of the employee that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her position.

In the event that an employee is eligible for and used paid leave for any of the events covered by FMLA, the paid leave will count toward the 12-week FMLA entitlement.

Important Links:

Employee Rights and Responsibilities

IC Policy Manual Section:

3.9.15.2.1 Leaves of Absence without Pay Due to Illness or for the Care of Family Members - Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

For further information or questions, please contact Deb Merriman at dmerriman@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3851.

Personal and Other Types of Leave

For all other leaves of absences, please contact Cindy Reckdenwald, Director of Compensation, Payroll and Organizational Design at creckdenwald@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3850