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Manager, Absence & Leave Programs

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Date: Nov 23, 2021

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 50718


Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

The global Human Resource (HR) Function provides an integrated talent management system that delivers a workforce that is Corning's competitive differentiator in the global marketplace.

HR provides service offerings that align solutions to business challenges by ensuring the programs are Effective, Efficient, Global, Scaleable, and Repeatable.  Corning’s Values are operationalized by the HR Function through the facilitation of Talent Management offerings, as well as programs and processes that aid in making Corning’s Values visible.



The Manager, Benefit and Leave programs position provides compliance oversight and leadership in further development, improvement and coordination of Corning’s absence and leave processes including disability and workers compensation. This role will participate actively in reengineering and standardizing processes, policies, and tools to drive process excellence. They will serve as the primary point of contact- rolling out new absence management strategies, creating educational materials and toolkits to assist workforce in guiding employees.



  • Work with leave administration vendors to ensure compliance with federal, state and municipal leave laws, as well as maintaining Corning policy documents and communications.
  • Collaborate across diverse groups to ensure appropriate leaves and return to work programs/accommodations are enforced and maintained.
  • Works with supervisors to track and monitor absences and leave; coordinates leaves with all relevant parties including management, payroll, employee relations, and benefits contacts.
  • Continue to expand and improve FMLA program
  • Implementation and compliance with new leave administration
  • Ensure programs are in line with organizational goals
  • Manage all benefit summary plan documents related to disability
  • Collaborate with Benefits Administrator on all areas for leave administration
  • Responsible for generating, analyzing, and presenting reports on a regular basis for Corning disability and Workers Comp trends
  • Management of multiple Corning disability plans including short term and long-term plans
  • Claims audits
  • Counsel for employees and supervisors concerning leave benefits
  • Facilitate return to work discussions with location
  • Conduct and develop training sessions on leave and disability practices for Human Resource managers
  • Handles escalations


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 10-15 years of related experience


Technical qualifications:

  • This individual must be proficient in MS Office
  • Have knowledge of state and federal laws surrounding leaves
  • Ability to analyze systems and procedures and develop improvements



  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Proven success working in highly matrix environment.
  • Strong bias for action and an ability to deliver results despite the complex and fluid environment.
  • Excellent analytical and decision-making abilities.
  • Must have a passion for success.
  • Must demonstrate a proven willingness to go the extra mile, to take on the things that need to be done and maintain a positive attitude that can adapt to change.
  • Strong leadership and excellent verbal and written communications skills, with the ability to develop and sell ideas.
  • Proven project management skills—from idea inception to completion, and thorough evaluation.


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Corning