Employees on leave are entitled to health and dental insurance benefits during the leave under the same conditions as active employees. The employee must make arrangements to pay the employee share of the premium whenever he/she is out of pay status for a full calendar month. The University’s obligation to provide insurance coverage stops if the employee’s premium payment is more than 30 days’ late, providing the University has given the employee written notice at least 15 days in advance advising that coverage will cease if payment is not received.
If an employee does not return to work after a FMLA leave, the University may exercise its right to recover any amounts paid by the University for those health and dental benefits. This would not be true if the employee does not return to work because of the recurrence, continuation, or onset of a serious health condition or some other factor beyond the employee’s control.
An employee returning from FMLA leave will be reinstated to all benefits, with no change in coverage, even if coverage has lapsed during the leave period due to the employee’s failure to pay a required premium.