What do I do if I have a personal illness or injury that prevents me from coming to work?
Under the Absence program, staff members with a personal illness or injury that prevents the staff member from coming to work between one and five days should contact their manager and report the absence as incidental sick time.
Staff members with a personal illness or injury that prevents coming to work for more than five business days should contact:
Once I am approved, how will I receive my EST benefit payments?
Benefit payment from the Hartford will be included in a regular biweekly or monthly paycheck(s). EST will be listed as another earnings code on a paycheck. EST will continue to be paid through the University Payroll System until the staff member is no longer disabled, or up to 26 weeks.
What if I am out intermittently for the same disability? Will I need to fulfill the elimination period each time I am out?
What appeal option do I have if my doctor’s treatment plan conflicts with The Hartford’s recommendation for my return?
This rarely occurs, but staff may appeal The Hartford’s decision, and that appeal is heard by a group of health practitioners at The Hartford. If The Hartford, on appeal, holds to their original decision, then a staff member may appeal the decision to the Office of Human Resources at Northwestern.
How do I continue my health and dental benefits while I’m on EST?
Staff members on EST will continue their insurance benefits, and employee premium deductions will be reflected in their paychecks as usual.
Under the new program, what do I do if I’m pregnant?
If the staff member wishes to be off work beyond the approved period of disability, then she should contact the Benefits Division to discuss the impact of an extended leave on her FMLA status. She should also discuss with her supervisor her desire to extend her period of time off and desire to use accrued vacation and/or personal floating holiday time during the period between when her EST payments cease and her return to work. If she anticipates that her period of disability will exceed what was initially approved, contact the Benefits Division and The Hartford to discuss approval for continued EST payments.
Does the new program affect me if I’m on Workers’ Compensation?
Staff members who are receiving Workers’ Compensation should continue to coordinate their time off work with the Office of Risk Management. Individuals receiving Workers’ Compensation must have their time off tracked in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), so those on Workers’ Compensation must also contact the Benefits Division to complete the FMLA paperwork.
If I want to take a personal leave, what do I do?
Personal leaves will continue to be administered by Northwestern University. If a staff member believes they require a personal leave, please contact the Benefits Division at 847-491-7513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a sick family member who requires extended care. What are my options?
Staff may use their Incidental Sick Time to care for a sick family member. Once those days have been exhausted, staff may request approval to use their personal floating holidays or accrued vacation time to cover their own personal absence or to provide care for a family member. If a personal leave is needed, please contact the Benefits Division at Benefits Division or call 847-491-7513.
A new benefit program, NU Senior Care Connections, is now available and is designed to assist employees with managing the caregiving needs of their family members. For more details, contact 855-772-2730 or www.care.com\northwestern, or contact the Office of Work Life Resources at 847-491-3612 or email@example.com.