When you are battling a cold or a more serious illness, planning surgery, recovering from childbirth or an injury, or have other planned or unplanned health-related issues, Sandia’s sickness absence program can provide you with up to 26 consecutive weeks of paid leave.
Missing Work for Five or Fewer Days
Be sure to notify your manager when you need to be away from work.
If you miss five or fewer working days because of an illness or another health-related issue, you typically do not need to take further action. You will report your time away as sickness absence on your timecard.
There are a few exceptions for represented employees, so be sure to check your collective bargaining agreement for details on your specific benefits. If there are any discrepancies between the collective bargaining agreement and the information presented through this website, the collective bargaining agreement governs.
Time away due to sickness absence may run concurrently with federal, state, and local laws, including FMLA, California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and California’s pregnancy disability leave. California’s laws (and laws in other states) may extend your leave and income replacement period.
If your illness or injury extends past your available sickness absence hours, vacation, flextime, and other approved leave time, you may be eligible to apply for Sandia’s long-term disability benefits.