Your Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) benefits are based on the principle that everyone participating in the plan is actively at work in Alberta’s education sector. A unique characteristic of your ASEBP coverage is that you can apply to continue your benefits coverage during a leave of absence.
When planning a leave of absence, it is important you consider every aspect, including continuation of your benefits. Continuing some level of benefit coverage during your leave will provide you and your dependants, if applicable, with some level of income security, as well as access to general health benefits1 for things like prescription medication, dental care, and much more.
1 Benefit plans vary by school jurisdiction. You may or may not have access to all benefits offered by the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan.
To be eligible to continue your benefits during a leave of absence, you must:
Note: Benefits during a personal leave (or personal portion of a maternity leave) can only be continued to a maximum of 30 months even if the employer-approved leave will last longer than that. Extension requests for benefits coverage beyond 30 months for an employee who is on a participating employer-approved leave of absence must be pre-approved by ASEBP and is subject to an 18 month maximum.
Your employer has likely allotted you a number of sick days you can use should you need to take a sick leave. While using your sick days, your employer will continue to pay your benefit premiums.
Please note that an ASEBP Intake Facilitator (IF) will contact you within 10 business days after receiving notification from your employer and will offer assistance during your sick leave. If your illness or injury may keep you away from work for over 90 days, your IF may work with you to initiate an Extended Disability Benefits claim.
Maternity leaves typically begin as health-related time away from work and continue as a personal leave.
At some point within six weeks before the expected date of delivery, your doctor will recommend you begin the health-related portion of your leave as you will be medically unable to work. This phase of the leave lasts until approximately 6 weeks after the birth of the child. Once the health-related portion of the maternity leave is complete, you will have either chosen to return to work or take additional time away from work to spend with your new family member.
Should you choose to take additional time away from work, you will then transition to a personal leave of absence as described above. You will receive an application package that will outline the options you have for continuing coverage during your leave