Leave of Absence

Planning leave for when you need time away from work.

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Sometimes you need time away from work to take care of important personal needs, such as recovering from an illness or injury, caring for a sick family member, or welcoming a new baby into your family.

When to Request a Leave

Even if you aren’t sure you are eligible for a leave (or sure a leave applies to your situation), contact The Hartford, Sysco’s leave management administrator. They’ll answer your questions and tell you which types of leave you may be eligible for, including federal, state and Sysco leave benefits.

Notice Requirement

  • When the need for a leave is foreseeable, you must notify your supervisor and The Hartford at least 30 days before the leave begins.
  • If a leave is not foreseeable, you must notify your supervisor and The Hartford within 48 hours after the need for a leave is known.
  • If you don’t meet the notice requirement, your leave may be delayed or denied.

How to Request a Leave

Step 1

You call 1-800-55-SYSCO and say, “Leave” to be connected to the Hartford.

Step 2

You answer questions.

Step 3

You provide requested documentation.

Parental Leave

Beginning January 1, 2023, Sysco will provide up to 10 days (5 days for part-time associates) of paid parental leave to eligible associates following the birth of an associate's child. The purpose of paid parental leave is to enable the associate to care for and bond with a newborn. This policy will run concurrently with a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, as applicable. This policy will be in effect for births occurring on or after July 1, 2022, and must be used within 6 months of the birth event.


Eligible associates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be benefits eligible (1st of the month following 31 days from your date of hire)
  • Be a full- or part-time, regular associates (temporary associates and interns are not eligible for this benefit).

In addition, associates must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have given birth to a child.
  • Be a spouse or committed partner of a woman who has given birth to a child.

Associates will register their parental leave and/or FMLA with Sysco's leave administrator, The Hartford, by calling 1-877-215-3440.  Proof of birth documentation will be required.

Pregnancy Leave Benefit*

Sysco wants to help birth mothers take the time they need to rest and recover after childbirth. As of January 1, 2018, Sysco provides all birth mothers with six (6) weeks of leave with full pay after the birth of their child. Pregnancy leaves are concurrent with Short-term Disability, as well as FMLA leave.

Adoption Leave Benefit*

When your family grows with an adoption, Sysco wants to give you time for the adoption process and to welcome your new family member. As of January 1, 2018, Sysco provides all parents of an adopted child with six (6) weeks of leave with full pay during the adoption process. Adoption leaves are concurrent with any FMLA leave the associate chooses to take. If both you and your spouse work at Sysco, you can split the six (6) weeks of paid leave.

Learn more about Leaves of Absence in the FAQs and in the Sysco Policy library, available on The Dish.

*Available to U.S. non-union associates covered by Sysco-sponsored benefits. Note that the Pregnancy and Adoption Leave Benefits are reduced by state disability.

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