Leave of absence policy
As a Hennepin County employee, you may be eligible for a leave of absence when you are unable to work due to qualifying circumstances. Leaves of absence are offered in accordance with HR rules, union contracts, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Hennepin County guidelines, and the Minnesota Parental Leave Act.
Leaves approved and administered by the Leave and Accommodation Management Office
- Family and medical leave (FMLA)
- Medical leave
- Childbirth, adoption, or foster care leave (when employees aren't eligible for FMLA)
- Military leave
Leaves approved by departments
- Personal and educational leave
- Special leave without pay (SLWOP)
When you use paid leave (e.g., sick leave, vacation, PTO) or special leave without pay, your benefits will remain in effect as if you are actively working.
Upon exhaustion of your paid leave, you may be eligible to continue your benefits through our third party administrator, 121 Benefits. The premium amount will be determined by the type of unpaid leave. See information about the specific leave program for detailed information.
If you have exhausted your paid leave or have chosen to keep a portion of it, you may have options for replacing your income.