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 Fewer than Five Days
Be sure to notify your manager when you need to be away from work.
If you miss fewer than five working days because of an illness or another health-related issue, you typically do not need to take further action. See below for additional circumstances when a PCII might be needed. 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.
Once you are absent more than five or more consecutive working days or seven or more consecutive calendar days, you need to have your personal doctor or health provider complete a Physicians Certificate of Illness and Injury (PCII) Form. Employee Health Services physicians cannot do this for you.
Once completed, submit the PCII to Employee Health Services.
You also need to return this form for the following circumstances:
You had or you are planning surgery and/or were under general anesthesia (certain exceptions apply)
You were admitted to the hospital
You were absent due to a heart or psychiatric condition
You are on a physician-ordered medical restriction
You are asked by your manager or Human Resources to submit a PCII, you need an extension to a current approved sickness absence, or you are on a plan that requires a PCII for all absences
When you return from sickness absence, you will also need to meet all return to work requirements and work with your Sandia medical case manager to coordinate your return. Employees must return to work through Employee Health Services’ Sandia Medical Clinic (SMC) if any of the following requirements are met.
Have been absent for five consecutive workdays or seven consecutive calendar days
Have had surgery and/or were under general anesthesia (exceptions: colonoscopies, laser eye surgery and routine dental and dermatology procedures without complications)
Have been admitted to the hospital
Have been absent due to a heart or psychiatric condition
Require medical restrictions
Wear a dosimeter and have undergone a nuclear medicine procedure
Were absent because of a work-related illness or injury
Were evaluated by an outside facility for a potential exposure
Were absent as a result of any injury or treatment (including medication) that might affect their job performance
Were evaluated by an outside health facility for a potential Sandia exposure to a hazardous substance or electrical shock
Participate in the Commercial Driver’s License, Human Reliability Program and/or Crane and Hoist (you should refer to your specific program regulations)
Were requested by management or Employee Health Services to do so
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.