I don’t anticipate that I would ever need to use Paid Family Leave. Can I waive coverage and avoid the payroll deduction?

No. All eligible employees must make the required contributions. Some employees are able to waive participation in Paid Family Leave, but waiver is only allowed if the employee elects and:  (a) The employee regularly works 20 hours or more per week, but will not work 26 consecutive weeks (6 months) for the University; or (b) The employee regularly works less than 20 hours per week, but will not work 175 days in 52 consecutive weeks (a year) for the University.