DO I GET TO KEEP MY BENEFITS WHILE ON FMLA?
Yes, but you must continue to pay your portion of the premiums during the paid portion of FMLA. The District will continue to pay the District’s share of your premiums.
According to the PEEHIP Member Handbook: “The beginning date of the leave of absence should be the date any accrued leave is exhausted (sick leave, donated leave, annual leave or personal days). The employer must enter the leave of absence status and beginning date in the Employer Portal when an employee is granted an official leave of absence. Upon return to work, employees who paid for their insurance while on an authorized leave of absence cannot pick up new insurance coverage that they did not have while on leave. Employees who do not pay for their insurance while on an official leave of absence or have a break in coverage can enroll as new employees within 30 days and choose the effective date of the day they return to work, the first day of the month after they return to work, or can enroll during Open Enrolment for an October 1 effective date.”