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Benefits Office

The Benefits and Wellness website provides information on benefits plans offered by the University of Michigan, allowing you to create a program best suited to your needs and those of your eligible dependents. The website offers Benefit Plan Forms and Documents that explain the benefits packages available, and also lists news, updates, and resources of interest to U-M employees.

Benefit Resources for Dependents In “Other Qualified Adult” Category

The University of Michigan recognizes that health insurance is a benefit of vital importance to our faculty and staff. Since January 1, 2008, a new category of dependent called Other Qualified Adult (OQA) has been available to all benefits-eligible U-M employees.

The Other Qualified Adult status went into effect after the University discontinued its benefits to same-sex domestic partners to comply with Michigan state law. To be eligible for University benefits, same-sex partners must meet the eligibility criteria for OQA status.

Eligibility requirements required for OQA coverage.

Sick Leave Income Plan

The University also offers a sick leave income plan, highlighted below. For more information, please refer to the applicable Standard Practice Guide (SPG) sections, listed in parentheses.

You may use your available sick leave income up to three weeks per calendar year to care for a family member, depending on his or her circumstances. This includes time to care for a family member who loses time from work because of pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, or childbirth. You may also use this time to care for a newly born, newly adopted or newly fostered child--within the first year from when the child was born or arrived in the home. (SPG 201.11-1).

Effective September 1, 2018, UM reduced the eligibility period from two (2) years from time of hire to one (1) year for paid Extended Sick Leave benefits. (SPG 201.11-1).

Paid Leaves for Birth Mothers and Other New Parents (Separate from Sick Leave Income Plans)

UM established (effective September 1, 2018) two (2) significant new six (6) week paid leaves (“Maternity/Childbirth Leave” and “Parental Leave”) that are standalone and wholly separate from available “sick” policies (e.g., short-term and extended sick):

  1. Six (6) weeks paid Maternity (Childbirth) Leave is intended to provide birth mothers with time for the physical recovery associated with childbirth; and
  2. Six (6) weeks paid Parental Leave is intended to provide all new parents (whether by birth, adoption, foster care placement, or child guardianship events) with a period of bonding (birth mothers are also eligible for this leave).


Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

Flexible Spending Accounts are a great way to pay for dependent care and health care while saving you tax dollars. FSAs allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars for out-of-pocket expenses like day care, medical and prescription co-pays, and much more. And every dollar you defer to an FSA account decreases your taxable income. To learn more, please visit the Benefits website’s Benefits Books section and download a pdf on FSAs.

Special One-Year Non-Resident Tuition Differential Grant for Newly Recruited Faculty

In many cases, the dependents of newly hired faculty and staff who enroll at the Unversity of Michigan and apply for resident classification are determined by the Residency Office to be Michigan residents. For these dependents, in-state tuition rates apply. However, if, as a U-M faculty member, one of your immediate family members enrolls at the University as a non-resident, a dean or executive officer may offer him or her a one-year tuition differential grant. To learn more, contact the dean’s office of your specific school or college. Please see the Academic Units page of the website for school and college web addresses. (SPG 201.69)

Read the Office of the Registrar’s Residency Classification Guidelines.

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