Leave of Absence

Planning leave for when you need time away from work.

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Sometimes you need time away from work to take care of important personal needs, such as recovering from an illness or injury, caring for a sick family member, or welcoming a new baby into your family.

Note: Several states offer paid leave benefits related to family leave and disability leave. Colleagues working in states that offer a paid leave benefit must contact both The Hartford and their state for claims and funds processing. Some states cover the full amount of eligible leave payments, and some states cover a portion of eligible leave payments. Sysco Leave of Absence-related benefits (e.g., STD, pregnancy leave, parental leave, etc.) run concurrently with state-paid benefits.

To learn more about state Paid Family Medical Leave click here and visit Employee Leave of Absence Resources on The Hartford website.

When to Request a Leave

Even if you aren’t sure you are eligible for a leave (or sure a leave applies to your situation), contact The Hartford, Sysco’s leave management administrator. They’ll answer your questions and tell you which types of leave you may be eligible for, including federal, state, and Sysco leave benefits.

Notice Requirement

  • When the need for a leave is foreseeable, you must notify your supervisor and The Hartford at least 30 days before the leave begins.
  • If a leave is not foreseeable, you must notify your supervisor and The Hartford within 48 hours after the need for a leave is known.
  • If you don’t meet the notice requirement, your leave may be delayed or denied.

How to Request a Leave

Step 1

You call 1-800-55-SYSCO and say, “Leave” to be connected to the Hartford.

Step 2

You answer questions.

Step 3

You provide requested documentation.

Pregnancy Leave Benefit*

Sysco wants to help birth mothers take the time they need to rest and recover after childbirth. As of January 1, 2018, Sysco provides all birth mothers with six (6) weeks of leave with full pay after the birth of their child. Pregnancy leaves are concurrent with Short-term Disability, as well as FMLA leave.

Adoption and Surrogacy Leave Benefit*

When your family grows with an adoption or surrogacy, Sysco wants to give you time for the adoption or surrogacy process and to welcome your new family member. As of January 1, 2018, Sysco provides all parents of an adopted child or child born through surrogacy with six (6) weeks of leave with full pay during the adoption and/or surrogacy process. Adoption and surrogacy leaves are concurrent with any FMLA leave the colleague chooses to take. If both you and your spouse work at Sysco, you can split the six (6) weeks of paid leave.

Learn more about Leaves of Absence in the FAQs and in the Sysco Policy library, available on The Dish.

Paid Parental Leave

Effective January 1, 2023, Sysco will offer paid parental leave to eligible colleagues who are birth parents, and primary or secondary caregivers.

Eligible colleagues must meet the following criteria:

  • Be benefits eligible (for new hires, benefits coverage begins on the first of the month on or after 31 days from your date of hire)
  • Be a full time colleague (part time, temporary colleagues and/or interns are not eligible for this benefit)

Additionally, must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have given birth to a child on or after October 1, 2022
  • Be a spouse of a woman who has given birth, or a primary or secondary caregiver of a newborn child born on or after October 1, 2022

Eligible colleagues will:

  • Receive up to 10 days or 80 hours of paid parental leave following the birth of a colleague’s child to be used within 6 months of the birth
  • Coordinate days off with their manager and HR representative, 30 days in advance, by completing a Parental Leave Request Form
  • Register their parental leave and/or FMLA with Sysco's leave administrator, The Hartford, by calling 1-877-215-3440. Proof of birth documentation will be required

*Available to U.S. non-union colleagues covered by Sysco-sponsored benefits. Please be aware that Parental, Pregnancy and Adoption and Surrogacy Leave Benefits are reduced by state paid benefits disability.

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