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There may be times during your career at UC when you need to take a leave of absence. There are a number of types of approved leaves of absence: Family and Medical Leave, Leave without Pay, Military Leave, Paid Leave, and Sabbatical.
How to request a leave
Benefits while on leave
If you move out of medical/dental service area
UCRP service credit
Returning from leave
For some plans, you have a new period of initial eligibility (PIE) in which to enroll, re-enroll, or make changes. If you miss the PIE, some plans allow you to enroll during Open Enrollment, usually held in November. Other plans may require you to submit a statement of health to the insurance company; doing so, however, is no guarantee that you will be accepted. To be sure you get the coverage you want, sign up during your PIE.
In addition, you must meet all eligibility requirements when you return to work. If your appointment changes when you return to work, your new appointment will determine the benefits in which you may enroll. If you have family members eligible for coverage, contact your local Benefits Office to enroll them within your new 31-day PIE.
Retiring/ending employment while on leave
If you decide to retire while on leave, see the Retirement Handbook [PDF] for information. Because a leave may affect your retirement benefits, be sure you discuss your options with your local Benefits Office before you elect to retire.