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Faculty Hired on 9-12 Month Appointments

When your appointment is . . .

  • at least 50% Full Time Equivalency, and
  • for nine months or more.

All academic and permanent Faculty appointments should meet this criterion.

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*.

*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 coverage: if the faculty member works half time or more throughout the instructional year (or equivalent nine month period) AND works each semester.

Not eligible for summer coverage: as of the date specified in the employee’s resignation letter.

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