Leaves of Absence and Time Off Policies

Are there Leave of Absence or time off programs offered? If so, what are they?

Yes. BHGE offers various unpaid leaves of absence, subject to advanced approval, for certain quality-of-life needs, including family care and personal leaves. They include:

  • Personal Illness/Personal Business
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Jury Duty
  • Permissive Leave

More information is available in the Benefits Guide.

Who should I contact with questions about a Leave of Absence that crossed over on January 1, 2019?

You should contact your HRM for absences that rolled over into 2019.

Who should I contact with questions about a Leave of Absence that will begin in 2019?

You may contact the BHGE Absence Management Team by calling 877-214-4415 and choosing option 3.

How does Personal Illness/Personal Business work?

BHGE provides five days of paid leave each year to take when you are ill or need to attend to personal business. Time not taken during the calendar year is forfeited. 

Does BHGE offer a military leave benefit? If so, what is it?

Yes. If you are voluntarily enlisted and are called for active training, BHGE will pay you the difference between your base pay and military pay for the first 30 days you are in active training. Your benefits will continue for 180 days. You will need to re-enroll in your benefits when you return to work.

If you involuntarily enlisted or are on active duty, BHGE will pay you the difference between your base pay and military pay for up to 180 days. You will continue to earn service credits and your benefits will continue for 180 days. You will need to re-enroll in your benefits when you return to work.

Does BHGE offer Short-Term Disability (STD) income replacement?

Yes. All BHGE employees are eligible to apply for STD for personal medically necessary reasons. STD will pay 100% of base pay for 8 weeks and 75% for weeks 9-26. There is no requirement to enroll in STD, this coverage is provided at no cost to you.

Does BHGE offer Long-Term Disability (LTD)?

Yes. All BHGE employees will be provided core LTD benefit of 50% at no cost. There is an option to enroll in 60% or buy up LTD. You must enroll in buy-up during the Annual Enrollment period. 

Can I take a personal leave of absence?

Personal leaves of absence can be taken by employees with one year of service who may need to take extended periods of time off to attend to non-medical situations. This time off is unpaid and should not exceed 90 days.