Changes in Your Life
What happens when you take an unpaid leave of absence?
While you are on an approved unpaid leave of absence you may remain in the University benefits plans. Andrews University assumes you wish to continue in all of your current benefit plans unless you inform us in writing otherwise. The premium cost to continue your coverage will remain the same as for active participants.
You are responsible to pay all premiums on a timely basis while on leave. Notify the Benefits Specialist if you will have a change of address.
You will receive a notice asking if you wish to continue or cancel coverage during the leave. If you request to cancel coverage, we will stop your participation in the plans you indicate. Once you return to work, your coverage will not automatically be reinstated; you will have to re-enroll in benefits. Coverage will not be reinstated automatically. Contact the Benefits Specialist for the necessary reenrollment forms within 30 days of your return to active employment.
Health Plan (Medical / Dental)
If you are enrolled in medical coverage, you may continue or cancel your participation. Do not forget that you are responsible to pay your monthly premium while on leave. If payment is not timely, your health insurance may be cancelled, provided we notify you in writing at least 15 days before the date that your health coverage will lapse.
Life Insurance Plan
You may change your Life Insurance at this time. If you cancel and re-enter upon return, you will be required to provide evidence of good health.
Flexible Spending Accounts
If you are enrolled in the Medical/Dental Account, your contributions will cease and claims incurred during the leave will not be eligible for reimbursement from the account. If you are enrolled in the Dependent Care account, your contributions will cease but eligible expenses incurred through the end of the year are eligible for reimbursement.
You will automatically be reenrolled in either or both accounts once your leave ends and you return within the same calendar year as your election. At that time, you may request that your contributions be adjusted to achieve the total amoun you originally elected for the year. If you return in another calendar year, you may enroll in the accounts within 30 days of your return from leave date.
Since the Plan is based on salary paid to you, University contributions to your pension will cease when your leave begins. When you return from leave, your participation in the Plan may be reinstated. Contact the Benefits Specialist for enrollment information.
Be sure to make changes with the Human Resources within 30 days of a leave of absence. Keep Human Resources informed of any address changes while you are on leave.
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