Leaves of Absence

If you are on an approved leave, you may be eligible for benefits continuation. Call the SSC Contact Center at (734) 615-2000 locally or (866) 647-7657 toll free, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All leave of absence premiums are due on the first of the month for that month's coverage (i.e., premium for the coverage period of June 1st through June 30th is due on June 1st.) Any late or partial payments will be processed and refunded.

Types of Leave

Military Service Leave

University of Michigan faculty and staff members in the Armed Forces Reserves or National Guard who are called to active duty are placed on Military Service Leave.

FMLA

The university supports leaves of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA leaves are available to all faculty and staff members.

If you meet the criteria, you are entitled to receive university contributions toward medical and dental premiums for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. The 12 weeks will be offset by any sick leave used prior to the FMLA leave. The 12-month period renews on the same date as your short-term sick leave.

The criteria are:

  • You must have worked at least 12 months (which do not have to be consecutive) for the university; and you must have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months immediately before the date FMLA leave begins. If a faculty or staff member is maintained on the payroll for any part of a week, including any periods of paid or unpaid leave (sick, vacation) during which other benefits or compensation are provided by the university (e.g., workers' compensation, group health plan benefits, etc.), the week counts as a week of employment. The 1,250 hour requirement pertains to the immediate prior 12-month period. Whether a faculty or staff member has worked the minimum 1,250 hours of service is determined according to the principles established under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for determining compensable hours of work.
  • Your leave of absence must be approved, and provided for under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA legislation provides for three types of leave: Personal Medical, Child Care, and Family Medical.
  • FMLA begins with the first day of a qualified event and runs concurrently with paid and unpaid time.

Seasonal Leave of Absence

If you are placed on a seasonal leave of absence, university contributions toward your benefits will continue during your leave provided:

  • You had at least a 75% appointment prior to the leave (AFSCME members need only a 50% appointment);
  • Your union contract provides for it; and
  • You continue paying for the faculty or staff member contribution.

Sabbaticals or Scholarly Activity Leaves

During your Sabbatical or Scholarly Activity Leave, your benefits will continue the same as when you are a regular, active employee if you pay the employee contribution.

If you are on a Scholarly Activity Leave without a salary, you will be responsible for making arrangements to pay your portion of your benefits. Call the SSC Contact Center for more information.

If you are enrolled in a managed care plan and will be moving out of the service area during your Sabbatical or Scholarly Activity Leave, you may want to consider changing your health plan. Medical plan providers reserve the right to deny claims and terminate coverage if you move out of the service area for six months or more.

Benefits Coverage During a Leave of Absence

If you are placed on a leave of absence, you must notify the SSC Contact Center prior to or immediately after the date your leave begins. The timing is critical if you want to maintain your benefits coverage.

If you call the SSC Contact Center in time to pay the premiums on your benefits before the 20th of the month in which your coverage is scheduled to end, and you agree to pay the premiums, you can continue your health plan, prescription drug plan, and dental plan coverage, Expanded Long-Term Disability, group life insurance, legal plan, and Health Care Flexible Spending Account for the duration of your leave.

Leave of Absence/Reduction in Force 2016 Health Plan Rates

Leave of Absence/Reduction in Force 2016 Health Plan Rates
Health Plan Coverage Level 2016 Leave of Absence / Reduction in Force Monthly Premium
Community Blue PPO You Only $621
Community Blue PPO You and Adult $1,242
Community Blue PPO You and Adult and Children $1,714
Community Blue PPO You and Child $1,093
Community Blue PPO You and Children $1,093
Comprehensive Major Medical You Only $494
Comprehensive Major Medical You and Adult $988
Comprehensive Major Medical You and Adult and Children $1,364
Comprehensive Major Medical You and Child $870
Comprehensive Major Medical You and Children $870
GradCare You Only $233
GradCare You and Adult $466
GradCare You and Adult and Children $643
GradCare You and Child $410
GradCare You and Children $410
Health Alliance Plan HMO You Only $669
Health Alliance Plan HMO You and Adult $1,338
Health Alliance Plan HMO You and Adult and Children $1,847
Health Alliance Plan HMO You and Child $1,178
Health Alliance Plan HMO You and Children $1,178
U-M Premier Care You Only $536
U-M Premier Care You and Adult $1,072
U-M Premier Care You and Adult and Children $1,479
U-M Premier Care You and Child $943
U-M Premier Care You and Children $943

Leave of Absence/Reduction in Force 2017 Health Plan Rates

Leave of Absence/Reduction in Force 2017 Health Plan Rates
Health Plan Coverage Level 2017 Leave of Absence / Reduction in Force Monthly Premium
Community Blue PPO You Only $657
Community Blue PPO You and Adult $1,314
Community Blue PPO You and Adult and Children $1,813
Community Blue PPO You and Child $1,156
Community Blue PPO You and Children $1,156
Comprehensive Major Medical You Only $522
Comprehensive Major Medical You and Adult $1,044
Comprehensive Major Medical You and Adult and Children $1,441
Comprehensive Major Medical You and Child $919
Comprehensive Major Medical You and Children $919
GradCare You Only $245
GradCare You and Adult $490
GradCare You and Adult and Children $677
GradCare You and Child $432
GradCare You and Children $432
Health Alliance Plan HMO You Only $689
Health Alliance Plan HMO You and Adult $1,378
Health Alliance Plan HMO You and Adult and Children $1,901
Health Alliance Plan HMO You and Child $1,212
Health Alliance Plan HMO You and Children $1,212
U-M Premier Care You Only $567
U-M Premier Care You and Adult $1,134
U-M Premier Care You and Adult and Children $1,565
U-M Premier Care You and Child $998
U-M Premier Care You and Children $998

Dental Plan Rates

Leave of Absence/Reduction in Force Dental Plan Rates
Dental Plan Option Coverage Level Your 2016 Monthly Rate Your 2017 Monthly Rate
Option 1 You Only $22.48 $23.00
Option 1 You and Child $44.96 $46.00
Option 1 You and Adult $44.96 $46.00
Option 1 You and Adult and Children $71.72 $73.38
Option 1 You and Children $71.72 $73.38
Option 2 You Only $37.38 $38.00
Option 2 You and Child $74.76 $76.00
Option 2 You and Adult $74.76 $76.00
Option 2 You and Adult and Children $116.26 $118.18
Option 2 You and Children $116.26 $118.18
Option 3 You Only $46.20 $46.96
Option 3 You and Child $92.40 $93.92
Option 3 You and Adult $92.40 $93.92
Option 3 You and Adult and Children $143.70 $146.06
Option 3 You and Children $143.70 $146.06

Vision Plan Rates

The monthly rates are the same for 2016 and 2017:

  • $8.38 for you only
  • $13.08 for you plus one adult or you plus one child
  • $22.72 for you plus one adult and one or more children

Legal Service Plan Rates

The Legal Services Plan rates are the same for 2016 and 2017: $8.34 per month for you only and $13.34 per month for you plus one or more dependents.

Returning From a Leave of Absence

When you return from a leave of absence or layoff to an appointment eligible for benefits, call the SSC Contact Center to have your benefits reinstated.

Any change in dependent status that occurred during the leave or layoff must be reported:

  • Within 30 days of your return if you did not continue your benefits during your leave; or
  • Within 30 days of the event if you did continue your benefits during your leave.

If you continue your benefits through the university during a leave, and you do not return to the university at the end of your leave, you will be offered COBRA for your health plan, dental plan, prescription drug plan, and Health Care Flexible Spending Account. Under COBRA, you may continue these benefits at your own expense for up to 18 months.

Call the SSC Contact Center at 5-2000 from the Ann Arbor campus, (734) 615-2000 locally, or (866) 647-7657 toll free, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.