Human Resources

Returning to the University

Periodically, former faculty and staff return to active employment at Washington University. Eligibility for the benefit plans and consideration of previous employment towards service criteria varies by the length of the break in service and the benefit plan. The following summarizes the eligibility and enrollment requirements for our returning employees.

Less than 31 days

If an employee returns to active employment in a benefit eligible position within 30 days or less, his or her participation in the following plans will continue according to the previous benefit plan elections prior to the break in service. Re-enrollment is not necessary:

  • Medical/Dental
  • Flex Spending
  • Health Savings Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Long Term Care
  • Retirement Savings
  • Retirement Medical Savings Account

31 days or more

If an employee returns to active employment in a benefit eligible position after a break in service of more than 30 days, he or she must re-enroll in the following plans if he or she wishes to participate:

  • Medical/Dental
  • Flex Spending
  • Optional Term Life Insurance
  • Variable Universal Life Insurance

May re-enroll within 31 days of the rehire date. Coverage will be effective on the first of the month co-incident with or next following their rehire date.

Basic Term Life Insurance
Coverage will be effective on the first of the month following six months of continuous service after the rehire date.

Long Term Disability
If rehired within 12 months, previous eligible service will apply to the one-year service requirement for coverage. If rehired after 12 months, he/she must satisfy a new one-year service period for reinstatement of coverage. Enrollment will not be required for the basic LTD benefit provided by the University, but is required for the Buy-Up plan.

Retirement Savings (Employee Contribution)
May re-enroll at anytime after the rehire date.

Retirement Savings (University Contribution)
If eligible for the University retirement contribution prior to leaving the University, he/she will become eligible on the first of the month following the rehire date. The University contribution percentages of the amended plan dated July 1, 2006 will apply.

If not eligible for the University retirement contribution prior to leaving the University, he/she will become eligible after satisfying the two-year service requirement following the rehire date.

If the employee changes to an ineligible position but remains employed by the University the following rules apply:

  1. If he/she did not accumulate more than 1000 hours of service in the first year and at least 501 hours in the second year before the status change, no service will be granted.
  2. If he/she did accumulate 1000 hours of service in the first year and 501 or more hours the second year, the first year will count, but the second year will not count.

31 days or more but less than 91 days

If an employee returns to active employment in a benefit eligible position after a break in service of 31 days or more but less than 91 days, he or she will not have a break in service eligibility but the provisions of the following amended plan dated May 15, 2006 will apply:

  • Dependent Child Tuition Assistance

91 days or more

If an employee returns to active employment in a benefit eligible position within 90 days or less, his or her participation in the following plans will continue according to their previous benefit eligibility status. After a break of 91 days or more, the following rule will apply:

  • Employee/Spouse Tuition Assistance
    Must complete one year of service before the first day of classes for that semester. Must complete a new request for tuition assistance form.
  • Dependent Child Tuition Assistance
    Must complete seven consecutive years of full-time service, or its equivalent, from the rehire date to meet the service requirements. The tuition remission percentages of the amended plan dated May 15, 2006 will apply. (Please note: If employed at another accredited university in a comparable position during a break, service may count prior to and during the break.)

 

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