When your appointment is . . .

  • at least 50% Full Time Equivalency, and
  • for more than six consecutive months.

All CS, BU, and AP positions at WSU automatically meet this criterion.

Contact HRS immediately if you are a new CS, BU, or AP employee and have not received information about your benefits.  Additional information can also be viewed on the New Employees webpage.

Coverage starts …

On the first day of the month following the date of employment, unless the appointment begins on the first working day of the month, in which case eligibility/benefits will begin on that date.

For example:

  • If your appointment begins on August 16, 2012 – your benefits would begin the first of the month following the date of employment, therefore your benefits would begin on September 1, 2012.
  • If your appointment begins on September 4, 2012 – this is the first working day of the month, therefore your benefits would begin on September 4, 2012.

Coverage continues if …

  • a 50% or greater appointment in an eligible job classification is maintained, and
  • the employee is in paid status for eight hours or more in each month*.

Layoffs: laid off CS or BU employees will be eligible for benefits in any month they work eight hours or more in any type of WSU employment within 24 months of the initial layoff.

*Exception: benefits can be continued during periods of full Leave Without Pay during Family Medical Leave provided the employee pays their portion of the premiums.

Note:  Eight hour rule.  HCA/PEBB states that if an employee is in paid status for eight hours a month, they are eligible for maintaining benefits.  HRS/WSU must determine how that eight hours of pay is arrived at.  Employees/departments cannot arbitrarily plug in eight hours of leave a month to maintain benefits – the use of leave must be in compliance with state and university leave rules.

Summer/Off-Season Benefit Eligibility:

Eligible for summer/off-season coverage: Cyclic employees on nine month or more appointments are eligible for benefits during their cyclic break.

Cyclic employees on less than nine month appointments are not eligible for benefits during their cyclic break.