Southside ISD offers employees leave of absence in times of medical need. When an employee expects to be absent for more than five consecutive workdays due to a personal illness or that of an immediate family member, medical certification must be submitted. Employees should contact the Benefits Coordinator for information about their applicable leave benefits, payment of insurance premiums, and requirements for communicating with the district while out on leave. In addition, employees must submit all applicable leave of absence forms.
The Family and Medical Leave Act requires covered employers to provide eligible employees unpaid, job-protected leave for qualified family and medical reasons.
Southside ISD employees are eligible if they have been employed by the district for 1 year & worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months prior to the start of leave.
Eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 work weeks of job protected leave without loss of any employment benefits during a 12 month period for the following reasons:
The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth
Placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement
To care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition
A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job
Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty”.
30 days before you need leave or as soon as practical: Complete and Return the Leave of Absence Request to the Benefits Coordinator and notify your Campus/Department Supervisor of your need for leave.
Report your absences in Frontline.
Give your treating physician the Medical Certification to complete. Medical Certification must be submitted to the Benefits Office within 15 calendar days.
If applicable, the district will continue to pay its portion of the employee’s health insurance premium for the approved FML period.
Before you return to work, you must provide a Fitness for Duty form to the Benefits Coordinator. You cannot return to work without this.
What is it? Workers’ Compensation is a state-regulated insurance program that pays reasonable and necessary medical costs if you have a compensable on-the-job injury. Under workers’ compensation law, an injury or illness is covered, without regard to fault, if it was sustained in the course and scope of employment while furthering or carrying on the employer’s business.
When am I required to report an injury? All injuries, whether or not you intend to seek medical attention, should be reported to the employee's immediate supervisor right away and an injury packet must be completed as soon as possible. If in doubt, fill it out! The campus/department admin or secretary must then submit the injury report to the Benefits Coordinator. If the employee intends to seek treatment, the Benefits Coordinator must be made aware immediately in order to authorize the treatment prior to the employee receiving treatment.
Edwards Claims Administration is the third-party administrator that handles injury claims for Southside ISD. Edwards Claims does not have a network of doctors. Therefore you may go to any medical provider of your choice that accepts workers compensation insurance.