While regular and reliable attendance is an essential function of every job, there are occasions when employees must be absent from work due to personal, family, or medical reasons. Itasca County supports its employees by offering many types of paid and unpaid leave. Law requires some leaves, while others are at the discretion of the County. Each leave type and benefit has unique eligibility requirements.
Employees should consult with their Human Resources Department Representative regarding their eligibility for leave or to obtain more information.
Returning From Leave
Prior to returning to work following a medical leave, written authorization from the employee's health care provider will be required.
FMLAFamily Medical Leave provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave in a 12-month period for the following qualifying events:
- Serious health condition,
- Need to care for a family member with a serious health condition,
- Disability due to pregnancy, child birth, or related medical condition, and/or
- Need to bond/care for a newborn adoptive/foster child
- Additionally, the Family Medical Leave Act provides special provisions for military family leave.
Temporary Modified Work
Itasca County is committed to make a reasonable effort to provide short-term modified work assignments to employees who may be temporarily unable to perform their usual job assignments during times of recovery. The Light Modified Duty policy is to help employees with temporary medical restrictions return to their regular positions faster and provide them with a support system by keeping them connected to Itasca County.