Protected Leave

Lane County Human Resources
Phone          541-682-3124
Fax               541-682-4290
Email-Human Resources           [email protected]

We are currently available by phone, fax or email in accordance to the Covid-19 safety precautions. We are not accepting any walk in's at this time and are closed to the public. 

Taking Leave

Lane County offers several types of leave to eligible employees. Consult with your supervisor or Human Resources to confirm what type of leaves apply to you. If you are a represented employee, review your union contract for additional information.


Lane County partners with The Hartford to administer the medical leave program.

The Hartford - Leaves Policy #697409

Important contact information: Leaves Policy #697409

  • The Hartford has a dedicated & customized
    phone line for Lane County employees!
    • 1-866-266-4560 Monday - Friday 5AM - 6PM PST


If you expect to be out of work for 3 or more days (continuously or intermittently):

  • Notify your supervisor prior to the start of your shift. You do not need to disclose protected health information (PHI).
  • Report your absence to The Hartford by calling (866) 266-4560 between the hours of 5AM - 6PM PST. All other hours, please report online at

  • Complete the TM Designation Form and submit to HR Benefits via inter-office mail or fax to 541-682-4290
  • If you will be out longer than 2 weeks on a non-occupational medical leave for your own condition, or if you have a medical condition that affects your job duties or hours, please be sure to have your medical Provider complete a Fit For Duty medical release for you. Please provide it to your department and/or HR Benefits via inter-office mail or fax to 541-682-4290 at least 24-48 hours before your anticipated Return To Work (RTW) date.

Types of Leave

Family and Medical Leaves

Lane County medical leave policies follow the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the State of Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA). If an employee qualifies for protected leave, FMLA and OFLA may be used continuously or intermittently. Click to learn more about: OFLA FAQ's and FMLA Fact Sheets.

Short Term Disability (STD)

Lane County offers Short Term Disability coverage for eligible employees who satisfy the six month waiting period. FMLA and/or OFLA run concurrently with STD claim if the employee qualifies.

Long Term Disability (LTD)

Lane County offers Long Term Disability coverage for eligible employees. Coverage amount is determined by union contract, the APM, and/or the LTD policy.

Leave for pregnancy, childbirth, and pregnancy-related conditions
STD claims for pregnancy may begin when your doctor certifies you to stop working, or the date you give birth, whichever is first. Under the protected leave laws, you may be entitled to take as many as 12 additional weeks of Parental Leave once your baby is born and after your doctor releases you to return to work (i.e. to resume normal activities). You can obtain a Health & Dental Enrollment form to add your baby to your health coverage. Please provide your child’s birth certificate with your enrollment form within 30 days of the date of birth. 

County Paid Bereavement

The County provides paid bereavement leave to grieve the passing of a family member, attend a funeral, or make arrangements following the death of a family member. Family member is defined by your union contract or APM, as applicable, and covers 3 paid days for in state or up to 5 days paid for out of state funerals.

OFLA Bereavement
Following the County Paid Bereavement, you may be eligible for an additional unpaid leave of up to two weeks (or 80 hours for a regular status employees) through Oregon State OFLA. This bereavement option may be taken intermittently or consecutively. Please call the Leaves Administrator to discuss your eligibility.

Oregon Sick Time Law
Effective January 1, 2016, employers in the state of Oregon must implement sick time policies and provide sick time to employees.

Review the Oregon Sick Time Law guide from the Bureau of Labor and Industries and the Oregon Sick Time FAQ's on the Quick Links to the right of this page.