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My Benefits | My Employment is Ending

My Employment is Ending

A Qualified Life Event - Information and Support for Faculty and Staff

The following web page answers questions employees may have about losing benefit eligibility or leaving employment at UNI.

  • Contact Information for Merit Employment Information

    Scott Klahsen
    Merit & Faculty Employment Coordinator
    (319) 273-6110
    Scott.Klahsen@uni.edu

  • Contact Information for P&S Employment Information

    Melissa Engdahl
    P&S Employment Coordinator
    (319) 273-6300
    Melissa.Engdahl@uni.edu

  • Contact Information for Benefit Questions

    Jesse Lahmann
    Benefits Coordinator
    (319) 273-2824
    Jesse.Lahmann@uni.edu

Health, Dental, & Vision Coverage

Health, dental, and/or vision coverage ends the last day of the month in which the appointment is no longer benefit eligible, or the last day of the termination month, whichever comes first. As long as you are currently enrolled at the time of separation, you have the option to continue your health, dental, and/or vision coverage through the COBRA provisions. COBRA allows you and/or your covered dependents to continue coverage for up to 18 months. For the COBRA premiums, please view the COBRA web page.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Participation ends on the last day of the month in which you leave employment. You will have the option to continue paying for access to your Health Care Flexible Spending account with after-tax dollars through COBRA provisions. The cost to continue using your contributions depends on the amount of money you have claimed for the current plan year and the amount you elected. Human Resource Services will communicate the premium to you in your COBRA packet.

Life Insurance

Your life insurance coverage ends on the day the appointment is no longer eligible, or the date of termination, whichever comes first. You have the option of porting or converting your group term life insurance coverage to an individual policy. For an application and rates please visit principal.com/uni or contact Principal directly.

For questions on Portability: 800-986-3343 x76398.

For questions on Conversion: 800-986-3343 x79994.

Voluntary Term Life Insurance

Your Voluntary Term Life coverage ends on the last day of the separation month. You have the option of porting or converting your voluntary term life insurance coverage to an individual policy. For an application and rates please visit principal.com/uni or contact Principal directly.

For questions on Portability: 800-986-3343 x76398.

For questions on Conversion: 800-986-3343 x79994.

Long Term Disability Coverage

Long Term Disability coverage ends on the day the appointment is no longer eligible, or the date of termination, whichever comes first. There are no options for continuing coverage.

TIAA

Terminating Before Retirement (Under Age 55)
You own all contributions to your account. You can leave your money with TIAA as long as you would like. You can receive withdrawals from your account or roll it into an IRA. If you withdraw funds before age 59.5, they may be subject to an additional 10% early withdrawal penalty.

Retirement (Over age 55)
If you retire after reaching age 55, the 10% tax penalty will not apply. There are numerous withdrawal options including annuities. For more details, visit the TIAA website.

Please contact TIAA Customer Service at 800-842-2776, or the TIAA Coralville office by calling 319-356-8000, or visit the TIAA website if you have any additional questions.

IPERS

You are always entitled to 100 percent of your contributions and interest earnings. When you become vested, you have a right to a portion of your employer’s investment based on your years of service. To find the refund value of your IPERS account or to receive a benefits estimate, please call 800-622-3849 or visit the website.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

You will have access to the EAP through the end of the month in which you are leaving employment. EAP offers initial assessment/referral and short-term counseling for employees and/or their family members.

Unused Accrued Vacation

You will receive pay for all accrued vacation. The total compensation will be the number of hours accrued on your last day of employment multiplied by your hourly wage. Payout is subject to Federal and State income tax withholding, FICA and Medicare tax and TIAA. IPERS is not withheld.

Sick Leave

You will not be paid for unused sick leave accruals unless you retire from the university.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 1Q: If I am leaving the university, when will my coverage end?

    The last day of the month in which you are separating employment.

  2. 2Q: When will my coverage end if I leave on the first of the month?

    The last day of the month in which you are separating employment.

  3. 3Q: Can I take vacation on my last day of employment?

    No, your last day of employment must be a working day, and not a holiday or vacation.

  4. 4Q: When will my accrued vacation be paid out?

    Payroll monitors and pays out compensatory time and leave payouts upon resignation. Please contact the Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2162.

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