You will be given an opportunity to make changes in your benefit selections once each year. This period of time is referred to as Open Enrollment. Open Enrollment will be held in September prior to the start of the new plan year, November 1. Notices will be distributed to all employees eligible to participate in the Flexible Benefit Plan.
Life/Qualifying Event Changes
Benefit selections are fixed for each plan year. Tax law allows a change only if you have experienced what is referred to as a "life" or "qualifying" event. Examples of a "life/qualifying" event which may necessitate a change in your benefit selection at a time other than Open Enrollment include marriage, divorce or annulment, death, birth or adoption of a dependent, or loss of medical coverage. Having to change providers because a doctor or dentist no longer participates in a network plan is not a "life/qualifying" event. Documentation of the "life/qualifying" event change must be provided to Human Resources within 31 days of the occurrence in order to change your benefit selections.
If "life/qualifying" event changes are not reported within 31 days of the occurrence, benefit selections cannot be changed until the start of the new Plan Year, November 1.
In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 as amended, an employee who has completed one full year of service and worked at least 1,250 hours may request unpaid leave for:
The maximum length of unpaid leave is twelve weeks. During this time, the employee is entitled to continuation of her/his benefits at the rate of the College's current contribution. If the employee does not return to work at the conclusion of the leave, the College may recover the cost of the health insurance premiums, up to the subsidy amount, paid during the leave.
An employee is expected to give written notice at least 30 days in advance of her/his intention to take a leave. The employee is also expected to provide medical certification in instances where the reason for the leave is the illness of the employee or a family member.
Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions on these provisions.
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