While on an unpaid medical leave, you may elect to either keep or cancel your benefits.
While you are on an unpaid medical leave, you have the option to maintain some or all your current benefits and pension, at your own cost. This means that you will be responsible for both the employee and employer portions of the premiums.
If the start date of your unpaid medical leave is on or after Jan. 1, 2009, the maximum length of time you may maintain your benefits is 24 months.
If you are working past your Normal Retirement Date (last day of the month you turn age 65) and are on an unpaid medical leave, please note the following:
After six months if you are approved for Disability Benefit Plan benefits: Your benefits will be maintained by UBC and the Disability Benefit Plan at no cost to you (optional group life may be waived for the duration of your claim by Sun Life Canada, the University’s life insurance carrier). DBP deductions will stop for the duration of your claim.
Financial Services will send you an invoice – you can select what benefits you wish to maintain at this time. The Benefits Cost Calculator can tell you what it will cost you to maintain your benefits while on leave.
You may also choose to cancel all of your benefits while on leave. If you take this option, some of your benefits will be automatically reinstated, while you will have to re-apply for others.
Medical Services Plan (MSP): If you elect not to maintain your MSP coverage through UBC, you must pay MSP directly or ensure that you have coverage through a spouse or partner’s plan. Upon your return to work from leave, should you wish to re-enroll in MSP through UBC, you must complete an enrolment form.
Optional Life Insurance, Optional Accidental Death & Dismemberment: If you elect not to maintain any of these and then later wish to rejoin, you will need to re-apply for coverage, submitting a health questionnaire and a medical examination may be necessary at your own expense.
Extended Health, Dental Care, Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and Basic Group Life Insurance: If you elect not to maintain these benefits, they will be automatically reinstated the first day of the month on or after the date you return to work from leave.
Disability Benefit Plan: If you elect not to maintain this benefit, it will be automatically reinstated the date you return to work from leave.