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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
- Annual Thresholds Reminder for Sick and Vacation – LAA
- Reporting or Filing an Injury On Duty (IOD) – LAA/LUS
- Unexpected Turbulence – LAA/LUS
- Happy Thanksgiving from APFA – LAA/LUS
Annual Thresholds Reminder for Sick and Vacation – LAA
As we approach the end of the calendar year, please be aware that the 420-hour threshold for sick and vacation is still in effect for LAA Flight Attendants. An average of thirty five (35) paid hours in each active month must be maintained in order to accrue sick and vacation.
Remember, the 420-threshold is reduced by thirty five (35) hours for any inactive months in 2016. An inactive month is any month in which you were in an unpaid status for more than 15 days during that contractual month. Days off are counted towards your total active days in the month.
Please check your total paid hours and eligibility hours for the current year by pulling up your HISK in DECS. Simply type “HISK” and then hit the “Enter” key to pull up your current year’s accruals’ record. Move down to the “Sick and Vacation Summary” sections. So long as your “TTL FLT PAID HOURS” meets or exceeds your “ELIGIBILITY HOURS,” you are on track with meeting your personal threshold for sick and vacation benefits.
The greater of your PPROJ or GUAR is credited towards your TTL FLT PAID HOURS; and, your ELIGIBILITY HOURS is simply your personal threshold at the time of pulling your HISK.
If you were to pull up your HISK today, you would see your sick and vacation accruals as well as your total flight paid hours from January through October. Your HISK is updated on or around the 10th day of the new contractual month to reflect accruals and paid hours earned in the last contractual month.
Additionally, although a Voluntary Leave of Absence (VLOA) is an unpaid status, Flight Attendants still accrue sick and vacation benefits while on a VLOA, regardless of the duration of the leave. If you were on a full-month VLOA, you would see the letter “L” under your SK/VC columns. This “L” indicates a reduction of your personal threshold by 35 hours, but at the same time, an accrual of sick and vacation benefits in that month.
Note: There are currently NO thresholds to maintain Company subsidized health benefits, and there is NO threshold to maintain employment.
Reporting or Filing an Injury On Duty (IOD) – LAA/LUS
Q: Can I report an IOD and not miss time from work?
A: Yes. Not all injuries require medical attention. Even if you do seek medical care, you may not necessarily have to lose time from work. The treating physician will make that determination.
How to Report/File IOD
LAA – You will need to file an IOD with your supervisor. Contact the MOD if your supervisor is not available. In the event you do not seek immediate medical attention and later require medical care, contact the Injury on Duty Administrator Team at 1 800 VIP-CREW. Select option #,6, 4.
LUS – Flight Attendants will continue to file IODs via the Flight Service Website by clicking on Safety and Security then LUS Injury on Duty Report, formally known as a Safety Event Report (SER).
Another option for LUS Flight Attendants to report an IOD is through JetNet by selecting Departments, then select Worker’s Compensation then Flight Service. Select Complete “IOD Report” under Injury Reporting LUS. In the event that you do not seek medical attention and later require medical care, contact Flight Service Administration at 480 693-5420.
Note: If you choose to file an IOD for a uniform reaction, you must follow the procedures outlined above. Reporting a reaction via the AA Uniform Call Center does not constitute an IOD filing.
Unexpected Turbulence – LAA/LUS
If the captain has not advised the Flight Attendants to be seated and you are experiencing turbulence, TAKE THE NEAREST OPEN SEAT IMMEDIATELY, if possible. If that is not possible, sit on the floor and hold onto a stationary object. When conditions permit, notify the Captain.
Don’t wait for the Captain to make an announcement. If you sustain an injury due to turbulence, it is imperative that you notify the Captain that you have been injured and request that the turbulence be documented. It is important that you let the Captain know that you will be seeking medical treatment.
Flight Attendants are encouraged to file an Injury on Duty (IOD) report as well as an AMR Event Report. The AMR Event Report is located on the Flight Service website by clicking on Safety and Security.
For more information about turbulence safety, please refer to the Inflight Manual – Safety and Security – General Safety.
APFA National IOD Chair
Happy Thanksgiving from APFA – LAA/LUS
APFA wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. APFA HDQ will be closed this Thursday and Friday; however, Live Chat will be available both days from 0900 CST to 1700 CST.