While an employee is on an approved medical leave, Tulane University will continue the employee's health benefits during the leave period at the same level and under the same conditions as if the employee had continued to work, as long as the employee pays his or her portion of the health care premium.
While on paid leave, the employer will continue to make payroll deductions to collect the employee's share of the premium.
When on unpaid leave, employees will receive billing statements from Wageworks, the company that collects benefits premium payments for Tulane University. The employee must continue to make premium payments timely by mail directly to Wageworks.
If the employee chooses not to return to work for reasons other than a continued serious health condition of the employee or the employee's family member or a circumstance beyond the employee's control, Tulane University may require the employee to reimburse Tulane University the amount it paid for the employee's health insurance premium during the leave period.
Employees retain their employment status during the period of Family Medical Leave. An absence covered by FMLA leave will not be considered a break in service for purposes of determining an employee's longevity, or any employee benefit plan.