FMLA Leave and Benefits
Lawrence Tech complies with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 and 2009, as revised. An eligible employee may request up to 12 work weeks of unpaid job-and benefit-protected leave of absence during a 12-month period for certain family and medical reasons. An eligible employees may request up to 26 weeks for a military family leave - ill or injured servicemember caregiver leave.
During the FMLA leave, an eligible employee is entitled to continued group health plan coverage as if the employee had continued to work. If the necessity for leave exceeds the twelve weeks, the employee may continue health insurance by paying the full cost through COBRA benefits. Upon return to work in a full-time eligible position, coverage will automatically be reinstated, with the University paying the employer portion of the coverage.
At the conclusion of the FMLA leave, subject to some exceptions, an employee generally has a right to return to the same or to an equivalent position. NOTE: FMLA Leave will run concurrently with any paid leave available to the employee.
Other (Non-FMLA) Leave and Benefits
For all leaves other than FMLA, where applicable, the employee's health coverage and other benefits may or may not continue. In the event of a lost of coverage, the employee's health coverage may be continued under the provisions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budgeted Reconciliation Act COBRA. Arrangements may be made to continue payments for other optional coverage such as optional life insurance at the time of the unpaid leave.
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Lawrence Tech in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university's right to modify, amend or terminate them.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the benefits information in this site. However, if any provision on the benefits plans is unclear or ambiguous, the Office of Human Resources reserves the right to interpret the plan and resolve the problem. If any inconsistency exists between this site and the written plans or contracts, the actual provisions of each benefit plan will govern. Lawrence Tech in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents.