Leaves of Absence

Leaves of Absence

Under New York State Law, Paid Family provides:

  • Job protection.
  • Continued health insurance.
  • Protection from discrimination or retaliation.

Paid Family Leave provides eligible employees paid time off for:

  • Bonding with a newly born, adopted or fostered child.
  • Caring for a family member with a serious health condition.
  • Assisting loved ones when a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent is deployed abroad on active military service.

Under New York City’s Paid Safe and Sick Time Law, covered employees can use safe and sick leave to care for themselves or care for a family member.

Employees must work at least eighty (80) hours per year in New York City. TC Policy allows for the use of sick leave once accrued.

For a full list of uses of safe & sick leave, please visit the New York City Government website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/about/paid-sick-leave-law.page

Short-Term Disability (DBL)

Employees are eligible for State disability benefits after 30 days of employment for absences due to a non-work related injury or illness for more than seven (7) consecutive calendar days.

Employees may be eligible for workers compensation if they have a work-related injury or illness. Workers compensation may cover medical care costs and loss of wages associated with the work-related injury or illness.

Wages may be covered up to 66% (or 2/3) of salary if an employee is absent for more than seven consecutive calendar days.  

There are no premium cost to employee.

 Local 707 union members should refer to their union contract for information regarding their worker's compensation policy.  

  • Provides 12 weeks of job protection during your own medical leave or to care for a family member.
  • The leave may be paid or unpaid.
  • Must meet the following eligibility:
    • One year of service.
    • Worked a minimum of 1250 hours during the year.
    • Have not exhausted FMLA leave within a rolling calendar year.

For additional information, please contact your HR Department Representative or the Leaves Administrator at benefits@tc.columbia.edu.

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