Extended Coverage Under the Family and Medical Leave Act

Your employer must continue to pay for your health coverage during any approved leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In general, you may qualify for up to 12 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave per year if:

1. Your employer has at least 50 employees;

2. You worked for the employer for at least 12 months and for a total of at least 1250 hours during the most recent 12 months; and

3. You require leave for one of the following reasons:

Details concerning FMLA leave can be obtained from your Employer. All requests for FMLA leave must be directed to your Employer; the Plan Administrative Office cannot determine whether or not you qualify. If a dispute arises between you and your Employer concerning your eligibility for FMLA leave, you may continue your health coverage by making COBRA self payments. If the dispute is resolved in your favor, the Trust Fund will obtain the FMLA-required contributions from your Employer and will refund the corresponding COBRA payments to you.

Please be advised that if your Employer continues your coverage during an FMLA leave and you fail to return to work, you may be required to repay the Employer for all contributions paid to the Trust Fund for your coverage during the leave.

*Please contact the Plan Administrative Office if you have questions about the benefits offered.