Leave of Absence

COVID-19: Temporary Enhancement to GW's Sick Time Policy

The university supports its employees' ability to balance their work and home lives by providing several leave of absence options, with certain restrictions and limitations, including leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act(s). You can elect to use applicable accrued annual, sick, or other paid time off while on an approved leave of absence to remain in paid status to the extent permitted under university policy. In addition, if you are in an unpaid status during your leave, your annual and sick time accrual may be pro-rated.

The university reserves the right to modify or discontinue its leave programs in whole or in part at any time, except as required by law.

Absence Management Program

Lincoln Financial, GW’s life and disability vendor, also administers absence management for the university. Lincoln Financial performs all intake functions, provides status information and responds to leave and disability claims inquiries. Leave requests administered by Lincoln Financial include

  • Federal Family and Medical Leave
  • DC Family and Medical Leave
  • Military Duty Leave
  • DC Parental Leave

In addition, Lincoln Financial also administers the following paid benefits:

  • Staff Paid Parental Leave
  • GW Paid Short Term Disability
  • Voluntary Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Statutory (state and locality) Leave

To apply, call Lincoln Financial at 1-800-213-5609 or apply online and follow the instructions for Reporting Your Claim or Leave (PDF)

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