Leaves of absence

Taking extended time away from work—whether for health or family needs, service to our nation or some other reason—can raise a lot of questions. Adobe has assembled resources to help you understand leaves of absence and guide you through the steps to take before, during and after your leave.

This information is a summary. If there are any differences between this page and Adobe policy, the relevant Adobe policy will govern.

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Initiating a leave of absence

If you’re considering requesting a leave of absence, here are the steps you should take:

  1. Visit the Veer digital experience to get a personalized timeline, financial plan and to-do list for your leave.
  2. Talk to your manager about your interest in taking a leave.
  3. For more details, review the Adobe Leaves of Absence Policy Overview [PDF].
  4. Once you’re ready to file, submit your leave request to Lincoln Financial Group (SSO), or call a Lincoln intake specialist at 800-459-3772.

For general leave questions, contact Lincoln at 888-873-5476 or adobeadmin@lfg.com.

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What to know about FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides eligible employees with time to take unpaid leave for specified family and medical situations, including for your own health condition or for taking care of someone else.

FMLA provides job protection for an employee who:

  • Is a regular full-time or part-time employee
  • Has been employed by Adobe for at least 12 months (not necessarily consecutive months)
  • Completed at least 1,250 hours of work within the 12 consecutive months immediately before the first day of leave

FMLA runs concurrently with the Adobe leaves described on this page. California and many other states offer additional leave benefits for eligible employees. If you live in a state with its own law, the law that is most favorable to you (either federal or state) will apply.

Learn more about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) [PDF].

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Types of leave

Medical leave

Family care leave

Parental leave

Organ or bone marrow donation leave

Military leave

Military family leave

Unpaid personal leave

Your benefits during leave

For most leaves that last longer than 30 days, you must continue to make your contributions for medical, dental, vision, supplemental life, AD&D, and group legal insurance. You will receive a letter from Adobe’s Benefits Support Center with details of the direct-bill process and your first invoice around the first day of the pay period following 30 days after your leave start date. Once you receive the letter, you can choose to set up automatic ACH payments on the Adobe Benefits Enrollment site or mail a monthly check to the Benefits Support team. Your payments will be due monthly, but each payment will be based on your regular, scheduled Adobe pay periods—for instance, in some months you will be billed for two pay periods; in other months you will be billed for three pay periods.

For detailed information on the impact of all your benefits and compensation for each type of leave, review the rewards impact during a leave of absence [PDF] summary.

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Welcome Back return-to-work program

The Welcome Back program offers resources to employees and managers to facilitate a seamless transition back to work. The program is available to U.S.-based employees returning from an extended paid leave of more than three months. Read the Welcome Back program guide [PDF] for more information.

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