Benefits Continuation During Time Away from Work

Employees may be eligible to continue their State of NH group health plan benefits including health, dental, life insurance, and/or flexible spending accounts (FSAs) when they are on approved time away from work so long as the law and/or bargaining agreement that governs the time away from work provides benefits protection and benefit premium payments are timely.

If the time away from work is paid through accrued leave or income protection program, the eligible benefit deductions will continue to be withheld from paychecks as they normally would each pay period. If the time away from work is unpaid or paid through a third-party insurance like workers' compensation or Paid Family Leave (PFL), employees must submit payment for their benefit deductions directly to the State.

Employees should direct all inquiries to their agency HR/Benefits representative.