Online FMLA, leave of absence applications available

December 9, 2011 | UToday
By Staff

Employees now have an online option when applying for leaves of absence, whether it is a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), medical, military or other type of leave available as part of faculty and staff benefits.

According to Debra Robertson, leave of absence adviser in the Department of Human Resources and Talent Development, employees may file initial paperwork using the myUT website.

“This is a nice alternative to coming into the HR office to get the paperwork process rolling,” Robertson said. “If you’re going in for surgery in the near future, you can apply from your home or work computer. It saves our employees a step.”

Robertson said she receives employees’ completed online applications daily.

She stresses that the online application is the start of the process. Employees must continue to have certification paperwork completed by their medical providers to certify medical leaves. Military service orders must be sent to the Human Resources and Talent Development Department, as well.

Changes in the FMLA and leave of absence procedure are part of the department’s focus on streamlining processes to maximize employee convenience. In October, employees participated in open enrollment for health-care benefits using an online process for the first time.

Feedback has been favorable, Robertson said.

“I’ve had several people use it. The reaction has been, ‘It’s so easy!’”

To apply online, employees must log onto the myUT ( internal site with their user names and passwords. The “Application for Leaves of Absence” button is beneath the “Other HR Information” heading under the employee tab on the left side of the page.

Additional information, including an instructions page and links to sites explaining certain leaves of absence, also is available.

Those who wish to apply for leaves in person may continue to do so, Robertson said. Forms are available in the department office in Transportation Center Room 1100 on Main Campus.

Questions may be directed to Robertson at 419.530.1497.

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