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If I am approved for an unpaid leave of absence – am I eligible to continue in the OSSTF Benefits Plan while I am on leave?

May 1, 2024

Permanent members may continue coverage that is in force prior to the leave of absence.

During a statutory leave such as maternity/parental leave, members will pay for health and dental benefits on the same basis as they did as active, i.e. FTE pro-rated basis (e.g. if a member is 1.0 FTE the member will pay 6% of the health and dental premium; if a member is 0.5 FTE the member will pay 50% + 6% of the health and dental premium).

During a non-statutory leave (e.g. unpaid medical leave, extended parental leave) a member must pay 100% of the premium for a full time leave, or a pro-rated member contribution during a part time leave.

For reference here are the current premium costs for teachers and for education workers.


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