Leave of Absence

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 Human Resources 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

The Standard, GW’s life and disability vendor, also administers absence management for the university. The Standard’s Absence Management Service Center performs all intake functions, provides status information and responds to leave and disability claims inquiries. Leave requests administered by The Standard include:

  • Federal Family and Medical Leave
  • DC Family and Medical Leave
  • Military Duty Leave
  • DC Parental Leave (for employees who work in DC)

In addition, The Standard also administers the following paid benefits:

  • Staff Paid Parental Leave
  • GW Paid Short Term Disability
  • Voluntary Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability

If you need to apply for leave or disability, please follow the instructions for Reporting an Absence and Filing a Disability Claim (PDF).

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