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Pregnancy and Adoption Leave

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Starting January 1, 2018, U.S. non-union associates eligible for Sysco-sponsored benefits will be eligible for these new benefits:

  • New pregnancy leave benefit: birth mothers of newborn children will be eligible for six weeks of leave with full pay to recover immediately following the birth of their child. Where applicable, pregnancy leaves will run simultaneously with Short-term disability (STD) as well as FMLA and state leaves.
  • New adoption leave benefit: parents of an adopted child will be eligible for six weeks of leave with full pay to support the adoption process. Adoption leaves will be concurrent with FMLA and state leaves. If both you and your spouse work at Sysco, you will be allowed to split the six weeks of paid leave.

Important note: These new leave benefits will coordinate with our current Short-term disability (STD) benefits and leave entitlements under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state leaves. Beginning January 1, 2018, associates can initiate pregnancy or adoption leave through The Hartford by calling 1-800-55-SYSCO. 

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The new pregnancy and adoption leave benefits will be available starting January 1, 2018.

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We are introducing these new benefits because Sysco understands that pregnancy and adoption are important times for our associates. Pregnancy is a major health event, and we want to help birth mothers take the time they need to rest and recover after childbirth. When your family grows with an adoption, Sysco wants to provide the time needed for the adoption process.

These changes are in response to feedback from our Sysco Speaks survey and other associate forums, which encouraged us to look for new ways to support working parents with competitive benefits that meet the needs of our associates.

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All U.S. non-union associates eligible for Sysco-sponsored benefits are eligible for these benefits.  If you are covered under a Collective Bargaining Agreement or you are not eligible for Sysco-sponsored benefits (i.e., part-time, etc.), you are not eligible for the new pregnancy and adoption leave benefits.

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Your eligibility for the pregnancy and adoption leave benefits aligns with your eligibility for other Sysco health and welfare benefits. Once you are eligible for Sysco-sponsored benefits, you will be eligible for the new paid pregnancy and adoption leave benefits.

Important Note: these benefits do not take effect until January 1, 2018, and you must be a U.S. non-union associate eligible for Sysco-sponsored benefits to be eligible for the maternity and adoption benefits.

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Any birth or adoption that occurs before January 1, 2018, will not be eligible for these new paid leave benefit programs. However, they are eligible to be covered under our 2017 policies, including paid time off, unpaid FMLA leave, any applicable state leaves and Short-term disability, where applicable.

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These new policies apply to all associates who meet the eligibility requirements for the Paid Pregnancy Leave or Paid Adoption Leave benefits.  However, you do not have to be actively enrolled in other elective Sysco benefits programs in order to participate in one of these programs.  You can find more detailed information about these programs in the Sysco Policy Library or by calling The Hartford at 1-800-55-SYSCO.

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Review the Leave of Absence section of the SyscoBenefits.com website for more information. If you have any questions, please contact The Hartford by calling 1-800-55-SYSCO, or email the Sysco Benefits team at SyscoBenefits@corp.sysco.com.

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The 2018 Wellness Rewards Program window ended on November 1, 2017. If you and your spouse completed the requirements by November 1, 2017, and earned your Wellness Reward for 2018, your reward will be deposited in your healthcare expense account in January 2018! Don’t be concerned if your Wellness Reward amount is not displayed in the enrollment system on the Total Rewards Café in 2017. Your 2018 Wellness Reward amount will not appear in the system until January 2018.

Please note: If you and your spouse completed the requirements early — by October 1, 2017 — and did not choose to receive your reward a different way during 2018 Benefits Enrollment, you will receive your reward as a credit to the medical plan premium taken from your paycheck each pay period in 2018. 

Watch for information about the 2019 Wellness Rewards Program coming soon!

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