What is the cost to maintain group benefits while on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) without pay?
The premium you are responsible for depends on the type of leave. If your leave is illness related (i.e. Family Medical Leave (FMLA), disability, worker’s compensation, maternity etc.), you will only be responsible for paying the bi-weekly insurance contributions that are usually withheld from your paycheck. If your leave is other than illness related (i.e. educational, suspension, personal, etc.), you will be responsible for paying both the biweekly employee and County contributions. Your Departmental Personnel Representative (DPR) should provide you with an LOA informational package, billing notice and remittance form. Contact your DPR for additional information.
- Even though an employer is not required to pay for leave under the Act, what about continuation of health care benefits, vacation accrual time, holiday pay, pension accrual time and other benefits?
- If an employee is approved for leave transfer and is receiving benefits under the Family Medical Leave Act, how are those benefits affected?
- Is there a cost to the County for the Group Benefits Pool to administer the COBRA benefits?