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Expectant Parent Leave Resource Page

If you are an expectant mother or father and/or an adopting parent, the material on this page will provide you with information you need to plan for your leave. This page is designed to help our expectant parents gather the information needed when planning for leave.

Because each employee's situation is unique and may contain special circumstances, it is very important for you to meet with our Benefits Specialist prior to your leave to discuss your leave benefits. Please make an appointment with Christine Hannick, at x7358 or christine.hannick@pepperdine.edu before you intend to begin your leave.

With the anticipation of your new child, there are so many things to think about, in what seems like, so little time! Below is the benefits information relevant to the new addition to your family.

Enrolling your Child in Healthcare

The addition of your new child is considered a Family Status Change. You are given a 30-day period of time from the date of birth or once you have legal control of your adoptive child's healthcare insurance to add him/her to the medical and dental plans. Benefits are effective immediately. If you do not enroll the new child during this period, you will have to wait until the open enrollment period (July of each year) and coverage will then become effective on September 1st.

Flexible Spending Accounts – Healthcare

Healthcare flexible spending accounts are administered by PayFlex. A healthcare flexible spending account (FSA) allows you to spend money for eligible healthcare expenses free of Federal and State income taxes and Social Security taxes.

The maximum pre-tax amount you may deduct from your pay is $2,500. If you would like to enroll in a healthcare FSA or change the amount deducted from you pay, you may do so during the 30-day period of time. Benefits become effective the 1st of the month following the 30-day period.

Flexible Spending Accounts - Dependent Care

PayFlex also administers the dependent care flexible spending accounts. A dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) allows you to spend money for eligible dependent care expenses free of Federal and State income taxes and Social Security taxes. Expenses you pay for the care of your legal dependents are eligible for reimbursement from your FSA. The expenses must be incurred to allow you to work or to look for work. Please note that the annual maximum that can be contributed into a Dependent Care Account is $5,000.