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- HR Connect+ 703-450-3200, select Option 2
- FMLA / Disability Lincoln Financial Group 1-800-756-5098
What Benefits Does Freddie Mac Offer?
Full-time employees may be eligible for 6 to 8 weeks of paid short-term disability leave and 12 weeks of paid Parental Leave. This means a mother who gives birth may have 18-20 total weeks of maternity leave, and fathers and adoptive parents may have 12 weeks of Parental Leave. See below for details on each of these benefits.
Family Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA)
Lincoln Financial Group administers FMLA for Freddie Mac. They make all decisions regarding FMLA approval and process your leave documents. Employees who have worked for the company at least twelve (12) months, and worked at least 1,250 hours during the twelve (12) months prior to taking a leave of absence, are eligible for job protection through the Family Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA) policy.
480 hours / 12 work weeks of unpaid job protection is provided – no income is guaranteed with this leave, but your position will be protected until your return.
It can be used on an intermittent basis, as one block leave, or a combination of both – meaning, FMLA can be used prenatally for doctor appointments, pregnancy complications, or ultrasounds, and also postnatally for birth and bonding. Note that you may be required to provide additional information from your doctor or healthcare provider if you opt to use FMLA for prenatal appointments and /or pregnancy-related complications.
Prenatal use of FMLA for appointments and/or pregnancy-related complications will be deducted from the total 480 hours/12 work weeks that you are entitled to, which may reduce the number of hours/work weeks available postnatally for birth and bonding.
Lincoln Financial Group administers short-term disability for Freddie Mac. They make all decisions regarding short-term disability approval and process your leave documents. Salary continuation is paid by Freddie Mac (if approved).
- Any short-term disability payment will be made on a bi-weekly basis.
- There is no elimination – or waiting – period required before short-term disability begins.
- Short-term disability coverage is 100% of your regular base pay if you have been at Freddie Mac at least six months as of the baby's date of birth. You will receive 80% of your regular base pay if you have been at the company less than six months as of the baby's date of birth.
- Short-term disability pays out six (6) weeks for a vaginal birth or eight (8) weeks for a cesarean section birth.
This benefit runs concurrently during your FMLA leave period.
Freddie Mac provides full-time employees at the company with twelve (12) weeks of paid Parental Leave, in addition to short-term disability.
This leave is paid at 100% of your regular base pay if you have been at Freddie Mac at least six months as of the baby's date of birth. You will receive 80% of your regular base pay if you have been at the company less than six months as of the baby's date of birth.
- Parental Leave must be used within the first 12 months following the birth, adoption, or placement of a child for foster care.
If Freddie Mac employs both parents on a full-time basis, then each parent is eligible for their own 12 weeks of paid Parental Leave.
Submit a Leave Request in Workday.
Submit a Leave of Absence request in Workday. You will need to submit two separate leave requests: one for STD/Maternity Leave, and the other for Parental Leave. Contact HR Connect+ at 703-450-3200 and select Option 2 if you need assistance with requesting the Leave of Absence in Workday.
Submit a Short-Term Disability Claim.
Submit a short-term disability claim to Lincoln Financial Group by calling them at 1-800-756-5098. Lincoln will automatically initiate the FMLA and Paid Parental Leave claims.
A Case Manager will contact you by phone for your initial claim interview. You will receive a communication regarding the decision and status of your absence.
If your short-term disability claim is not approved within 15 days from the date of delivery, or you do not meet the requirements to qualify for FMLA, you may have the opportunity to certify your leave. If so, you will receive the Certification of Health Care Provider form to be completed by your treating provider.
If you haven't already, let your manager or direct supervisor know of your pregnancy, adoption, or foster plans, and expected due date.
Explore your health plan's Maternity Program!
If you are part of our Cigna medical plan, you'll have access to the Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Babies program which offers online resources, guidelines, health information, charts and tools, a journal, and post-partum support. You can get started by calling the number on the back of your member ID card, or by downloading the Cigna Healthy Pregnancy app from the App Store® or Google Play™ -- simply enter your due date, myCigna® user ID and password.
If you are part of our Kaiser medical plan, please visit www.kp.org/maternity to find in-depth resources for every stage of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and your baby's first few weeks at home. You can also visit www.kp.org/classes to explore classes and programs for expecting parents including Preparing for Childbirth, Prenatal Yoga, Breastfeeding and Newborn Care.
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