I need surgery. What should I do?
If you require medical leave for a surgical procedure, please take the following actions.
1. If your surgery is foreseeable, notify your supervisor of your impending absence at least 30 days in advance of your surgery date. If you need surgery immediately or on short notice, notify your supervisor as soon as possible.
Be sure to follow any time and attendance protocols that are required at your worksite, including reporting your absence to SEMS and completing leave request forms.
2. Investigate your available leave balance by accessing Employee Self Service, consulting your timekeeper, or contacting the IDLM office.
a. Based on your leave balance, you must indicate the type and amount of leave that you would like to use for your surgery and recovery period. You may use a combination of paid and unpaid leave during this time, if necessary.
b. If you do not have enough paid leave available to cover your period of absence, you may be eligible for unpaid FMLA or JPAL leave. Your physician must complete the medical certification forms in order for your FMLA application to be considered.
c. If you are not eligible for FMLA or JPAL, the leave management office will inform you of other options that might be available to you.
4. Return to work – Your physician must complete a “Return to Work Authorization form,” before your return to duty, if:
a. You are absent from work for more than 10 days, OR
b. You will return to duty with limitations, restrictions, or using an assistive device/boot
Under any of these circumstances, you must submit the form to the IDLM office, and be approved to return to duty, in advance of your return date.