There may be times in your career with the University that you will take a leave of absence. It could be a sabbatical, for personal reasons, or for a disability. It may be a paid or unpaid leave. Depending on the kind of leave and whether or not it is paid or unpaid, determines how your benefits will be affected.
When you go on leave
Review the appropriate checklist(s) and/or factsheet(s) to see what happens to your benefits while you are on leave and to help you determine what actions you need to take.
If you go on a leave and will miss one or more paychecks, you must complete the Benefits: Request to Continue/Cancel University Coverage (PDF) form and give it to your Department Benefits Counselor (DBC) before the leave or as soon after the leave starts as possible. If you will be continuing any benefits, such as your medical insurance, also give your DBC a check for the premiums due to that point. Complete instructions accompany the form. If you do nothing, your benefits will be canceled at the end of the 2nd month after premiums were last paid and you will be charged for any unpaid premiums.
Additional information for certain leaves
- Disability leave:
- In addition to reading the applicable checklist(s) and factsheet(s), it is critical that you read the Disability Benefits information. Contact your DBC to coordinate getting you a disability packet.
- FMLA designated leaves:
- UC will continue to pay the UC contribution towards your medical, dental and vision insurance. You must pay your portion of your medical plan premium in order to continue your medical insurance. Use the Benefits: Request to Continue/Cancel University Coverage (PDF) form.
- If you are enrolled in the Health FSA, you must complete a UPAY 919 (PDF) form indicating whether or not you want to continue your coverage while on FMLA.
- For more information about FMLA, see Leaves & Other Time Off: Family & Medical Leave Act.
When you return from leave
- Reenroll in all benefits within 31 days of return from leave: You must re-enroll even if you kept your benefits up while you were on leave. Use the UPAY 850 (PDF) (Health & Welfare enrollment) and/or UPAY 919 (PDF) (FSA enrollment) forms.
- Leave without pay is less than 120 days: your enrollment is limited to the plans and levels of coverage you had before your leave began.
- Leave without pay is more than 120 days: you may enroll in any plans or level of coverage; you are treated as a new employee for benefits enrollment purposes.
- Review the UCRP Service Credit Buyback booklet (PDF) to see if your leave is eligible for service credit buyback and to determine if that is what you want to do.The sooner you buyback lost service credit, the less it costs you.