Paid Family Care Leave
Effective January 1, 2017 Veritas offers a Paid Family Care Leave benefit of two weeks of paid leave per year to allow employees time away from work to care for a seriously ill family member.
Family members include your child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner.
What to Do When: You're Going on Paid Family Care Leave
Take Action Before Leave Begins:
- Notify your manager at least 30 days prior to a foreseeable leave or as soon as possible.
- IMPORTANT! Contact Liberty Mutual at (844) 815-4441 to initiate your claim. This type of leave cannot be initiated online.
- Your benefit payment(s) for Paid Family Care Leave is contingent upon you initiating the claim with Liberty Mutual and receiving approval for the request.
- Liberty will request that a certification of health care provider be completed by the care recipient’s physician certifying that the person requires care for a serious health condition and the timeframe for which the care is required.
If you work at least twenty (20) hours per week you are eligible to initiate a claim for Paid Family Care Leave.
How Much Time Can You Take
- Paid Family Care Leave provides for two weeks of paid time off. The paid time can be taken consecutively or intermittently within a 12-month period and will run concurrently with FMLA which does not provide pay but does provide job protection for a leave up to 12 weeks in duration. The two weeks of Paid Family Care Leave cannot be used to extend an FMLA leave. If you do not meet the FMLA eligibility requirements, you may still request a Paid Family Care Leave of absence.
- After you have exhausted the two-week Paid Family Care Leave, you may be eligible to take additional-but-unpaid time until your 12 week FMLA and state benefit period (if applicable) has been exhausted.
Pay While on Paid Family Care Leave
- When your leave is approved, you will receive 100% of your On Target Earnings (OTE) for up to 2 weeks of Paid Family Care Leave via a weekly live check from Liberty Mutual.
- Once you have exhausted the two-week Paid Family Care Leave, you may be eligible to take additional-but-unpaid time under FMLA. FMLA provides for up to 12 work weeks of unpaid job protected time off in a 12-month period.
- After the two-week Paid Family Care Leave, additional days are unpaid but there are ways to receive pay during this time:
- You can use your accrued and unused PTO (hourly non-exempt employees) or Annual Days (salaried exempt employees) to receive pay during the unpaid portion of your leave. Frozen PTO cannot be used to receive pay during an unpaid leave.
- Some states have additional leave entitlements. View the State Specific Leave Benefits page to determine eligibility of additional benefits. Any benefits paid through the state will be used to offset Veritas provided benefits.
Other Benefits That Can Help Employees with a Seriously Ill Family Member
Best Doctors – Second Opinion Service
Employee Assistance Program – contact 1-877-622-4327
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