Leave of Absence Benefits

Employees should contact Cathy Hendricks at (423)498-7068 if they need to apply for a Leave of Absence. 

If you are on a Leave of Absence and continue to be paid through accumulated Sick Leave during your entire absence,
 your payroll deductions for your Employee Benefit Elections (such as health insurance, vision insurance, etc.) will continue to be deducted from your paycheck. 

If you are on a Leave of Absence and exhaust all accumulated paid leave, but are eligible for Family Medical Leave for the duration of your absence, you will receive an invoice at the end of every month for the payroll deductions that would have come out of your check if you were still receiving pay. You must submit a check, money order or cash by the due date on the invoice to continue your benefits during your leave.

If you fail to pay your invoice by the due date, your benefits will be suspended until the invoice is paid.

If you are on an Extended Unpaid Leave of Absence that does not qualify for, or exhausts your FMLA eligibility, you will be dropped from all Employee Benefit Elections on the last day of the month that your Unpaid Leave began. You will receive a COBRA election notice at your home address and you may reinstate your benefits by paying the full cost as indicated on your COBRA election form.

If you fail to pay your COBRA premium by the due date, your benefits will be terminated, and will not be reinstated if payment is 60 days or more past due.

If you want to change your Employee Benefit Elections during Leave of Absence, you must notify the Benefits Department at (423)498-7084. You must also notify Kimberly Eames at Eames_K@hcde.org within 30 days of the birth of a child. When you return from leave of absence, it is your responsibility to notify the Benefits Department of your return and make arrangements to reinstate any elections you terminated while on leave of absence.

Please contact Bettina Wilkes at (423)498-7084 or Wilkes_B@hcde.org if you have any questions.

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