Maternity/Parental Leave InformationCongratulations! What an exciting time this is for you and your growing family. Below you will find important information regarding maternity/parental leave. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding maternity/parental leaves, or call (239) 377-0360.The following two documents must be submitted at least 30 days prior to your first day of anticipated leave, and can be faxed to (239) 377-0401 or emailed to email@example.com.
Please review the following documents:
- Leave Request Cover Sheet and Acknowledgement Form: Fill out the top portion, date and sign.
- Physician’s Statement: Dated and signed by your doctor/midwife indicating your estimated due date.
ADDING NEWBORN TO MEDICAL COVERAGE
You have 30 days from the date of birth to add your child to your medical plan. Please state in writing via email that you would like to add your child to your medical plan, and send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your child’s full name and date of birth. If you already have dependents on your plan, please indicate if they will remain on your plan in addition to adding your newborn. Please specify if your spouse works for CCPS and if you will have two or more children on your plan. This qualifies you for Dual Spouse rates. You will need to send me a copy of the official birth certificate within 30 days and the baby’s social security number within 45 days of the birth. Click HERE for the current medical rates.
INFORMATION WHILE ON LEAVE:
The birth of a child qualifies as a "life event", which means certain changes can be made to your benefits. These changes must be requested within 30 days after the birth of your child by contacting the Benefits Office at (239) 377-0360. Changes include:
- Medical Coverage - You may add your spouse or additional children to your medical plan
- Life Insurance - You may add life insurance for your child
- Flexible Spending Account - You may enroll in or allocate additional funds towards your Flexible Spending Account(s)
Employee Medical Coverage: If eligible and approved for FMLA, Board contributions for your medical coverage will continue for up to 12 weeks. If your leave extends beyond the 12 weeks of FMLA, the Benefits Office will send you a bill for the premium amount to continue your coverage. You also have the option of dropping coverage while you are on leave; however, when you return to work it will be your responsibility to contact the Benefits Office at (239) 377-0360 to reinstate your insurance benefits.
Dependent Medical Coverage: You may continue medical coverage for your dependents by paying the premium bill through the Benefits Office. We will bill you for the total amount due; however, monthly payments may be arranged. You also have the option of dropping dependent coverage while you are on leave; however, when you return to work it will be your responsibility to contact the Benefits Office at (239) 377-0360 to reinstate your dependent insurance benefits. If you elect dependent coverage when you return to work, payroll deductions will resume.
Voluntary Benefits: You may continue certain voluntary products by paying the premium bill from the Benefits Office. You also have the option of dropping voluntary benefit coverage while you are on leave; however, when you return to work it will be your responsibility to contact the Benefits Office at (239) 377-0360 to reinstate your insurance benefits. Cancelling certain voluntary benefits while on leave may require you to complete Evidence of Insurability (EOI) upon returning to work. This means your request will undergo medical underwriting by the carrier before being approved or declined.
For questions, please contact the following Benefits staff members:
To reinstate or to make changes to your insurance benefits:
- Teri Cowley (Elementary, Transportation, and Maintenance employees): (239) 377-0352 or CowleyTe@collierschools.com
- Liz Rueda (Middle, High, Post-Secondary, and Administrative Center employees): (239) 377-0370 or email@example.com
For billing questions while on leave, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 Day Short Term Disability – The Standard:
If you have this policy as one of your benefits, contact The Standard’s Claim Intake Service Center at 1-800-378-2395 or go to www.standard.com and click on “File a Claim”. Click this link for information on “How to File a STD Claim”: https://www.standard.com/eforms/15167_756738.pdf
Please file a claim at least 30 days prior to your expected delivery date.
Short Term Disability benefits are paid for maternity leave if you are restricted from working before or after the birth of the child due to a medical reason. Benefits are also paid for maternity leave after the birth (6 weeks for natural deliveries without complications or 8 weeks for cesarean deliveries without complications - minus the 14-day waiting period).
If you have Accident, Critical Illness or Hospital Indemnity Insurance, you may be eligible to receive money for a wellness visit with your doctor. The Hospital Indemnity insurance also allows you to receive money for your hospital visit.
- Accident: http://www.collierschools.com/Page/12202
- Critical Illness: http://www.collierschools.com/Page/8318
- Hospital Indemnity: http://www.collierschools.com/Page/8620
The claim instructions and claim forms are on the Benefits Forms webpage under Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, and Hospital Indemnity: http://www.collierschools.com/Page/5318
- Benefits and Wellness webpage with information about all benefit options: Benefits and Wellness Home
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