When you need to take an extended leave of absence to attend to personal or family matters, consult the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042 to discuss which University leave policies are appropriate for your circumstances. An HR Representative can explain whether you are eligible for a paid leave of absence, an unpaid leave of absence, or disability benefits, and whether you will continue health or other benefits during your leave. Review the leave policies for more information.
Paid Leave of Absence/Disability Leave
In most cases, if you are eligible for a paid leave or disability benefits, you are able to continue your other enrolled benefits, such as medical, dental/vision, and life insurance, with your share of the cost deducted from your University pay. If you are not eligible for a paid leave of absence, you will need to send payment for your share of the costs if you wish to continue your benefits. However, if you fail to make the required payments and your benefits are stopped, benefits will not be reinstated upon your return to work. Instead, you will need to wait to re-enroll during the next Open Enrollment period.
If you will be taking time off to have surgery, remember that inpatient hospitalization requires precertification under the SU Medical Plan. Your physician must contact Excellus BCBS at 800.493.0318(TDD/TTY: 800.662.1220) to request precertification.
Unpaid Leave of Absence
If you take a leave of absence without pay, and that leave is not protected by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”) or other regulations, you will not have benefits continued during the leave. You may be able to continue benefits under COBRA by paying the full cost plus a 2% administrative fee.
Depending on your circumstances, you may wish to consider whether a flexible work arrangement is appropriate for your situation. Consult with your supervisor or your Senior HR Business Partner to learn more about this option.
Contact the HR Service Center at 315.443.4042 with any questions.