Leave of Absence

All regular full-time and part-time employees may be eligible for a Leave of Absence, depending on eligibility rules, covered under either the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Military Leave, or Personal Leave Policy.

If an employee has a need to be absent for more than three consecutive work-shifts, (other than previously approved PTO requests), a Leave of Absence application should be submitted to Human Resources. When possible, employees should provide 30 days advance notice of need for a Leave of Absence.

Human Resources will determine eligibility for the leave under the applicable leave law/hospital policy and will mail or email necessary paperwork to the employee to begin the Leave of Absence approval process.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, as amended, provides eligible employees unpaid leave under qualifying circumstances for continuous or intermittent periods of up to 12 work weeks in a rolling 12-month period. The FMLA also applies to certain situations involving a family member’s service in the military or to care for a covered service member who incurs serious injuries or illnesses while on active duty.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

If an employee is not eligible for a leave under FMLA, a leave request for his/her own health condition may be considered as an accommodation and exception to the hospital’s attendance policy.

Military Leave

All regular full-time or part-time employees may be granted a Leave of Absence for military duty in the United States Uniformed Services. This policy reflects the provisions set forth in the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA).

Personal Leave

This policy allows employees to take reasonable time off to handle family or emergency situations of a personal nature that are not covered under any federal or state leave law. Personal leaves are approved at management discretion and do not provide job protection.


During the leave, your health and/or dental care coverage will be continued, and the time on leave will count as time worked for purposes of future eligibility for benefits based on length of service. Benefits remain active for a period of six months*. The employee is responsible for paying the same contribution they would have paid if in active service. The premium contribution will continue to be deducted from paychecks as long as the employee is receiving pay for benefit hours (PTO/ML/STD). If employee goes to an unpaid status, he or she will be billed monthly for premiums due.

*While on Personal Leave, benefits terminate at the end of the second month of leave.


What It Is & How to Login

Making requests for leave has never been easier. Now you have a convenient, online tool that let’s you enter a request for leave, upload documents and more. You can access the LeaveLink portal, 24/7, from any computer, tablet or smartphone, just go to https://leavelink.sedgwick.com/EESelfService/HOME.cfm

For instructions on how to Login click the image to the right. Once you login to LeaveLink, just follow the directions to complete your leave request. If you run into any problems and need help, you can contact Kalesa Newman at ext 15236 or email Kalesa.Newman@nkch.org. Meritas employees should contact Helena Campbell at extension 11343 or Helena.Campbell@nkch.org.

How To Navigate

We know that using a new system can sometimes be a little intimidating. Not to worry. Additional information has been provided to help you navigate the LeaveLink site.

Employees can use the Employee Self-service How to Navigate LeaveLink document.

Supervisors can use the Supervisor Self-service How to Navigate LeaveLink document.


We have compiled a series of the most frequently asked questions to help make it convenient to start using the LeaveLink system. Just click the graphic most appropriate for you and get started.

If after reviewing the FAQ’s you still have questions or need help, contact Kalesa Newman at ext 15236 or email Kalesa.Newman@nkch.org. Meritas employees should contact Helena Campbell at extension 11343 or Helena.Campbell@nkch.org.