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Requesting a Leave of Absence

Family Medical Leave and Short Term Disability at NSU

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, protected leave to care for themselves and/or to provide care for eligible family members with a serious health condition. To be eligible for FMLA, employees must have been employed with NSU for 12 months and worked a minimum of 1,250 hours. 

Matrix Absence Management administers Family Medical Leaves, Medical Leaves of Absence, and determines eligibility for payment under NSU's Short Term Disability program.

After requesting leave and completing the intake process with Matrix, eligible employees will receive a comprehensive leave packet in the mail informing them of their eligibility, rights, and responsibilities under the FMLA and NSU policy.

Keep the Following Things in Mind When Requesting a Leave of Absence

  • Update your mailing address by emailing
  • Maintaining periodic contact with your supervisor/manager is required by university policy.
  • Remember that while on a leave of absence,  university closures and holidays are not paid, using your available paid time off is required, and you do not accrue sick, personal, or vacation time.
  • Leave and paid time off do not accrue during leaves of absence.
  • Don't forget to review NSU’s Leave Policies online at
  • Working is not permitted while on a leave of absence.  If you work for another department within NSU, notify them of your leave request immediately.
  • If your leave is intermittent, report intermittent time away to Matrix and submit your absences in Kronos.
  • If approved for short term disability benefits, your salary will be reduced only after you have exhausted your paid time off (not to exceed the approved disability period).
  • Let your healthcare provider, or your family member's healthcare provider, know that Matrix will be sending medical certification for your leave request. Returning medical certification is your responsibility.
  • A Fitness for Duty Form must be completed by you and your healthcare provider (when applicable) and submitted prior to your return to work. If restrictions are listed on your Fitness for Duty form that have not been verified by Matrix, your return to work will be delayed.

Download the Leave of Absence Paid Time Off Calculator

Contact Matrix to Request Leave

Matrix makes it easy for you to file a claim 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Go to to file a claim. Or, if you don’t have Internet access, you can call 1.877.202.0055.

For more information, review NSU’s employee policy manual online and the Short Term Disability program information at

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