From the Hotline: Benefits Maintenance and Premium Payments While On Leave

Question: In regards to benefit maintenance and payment of premiums while an employee is on leave, can we ask the employee to remit a personal check or deduct a lump sum amount from wages upon return from leave?

Answer: Yes, you can have a voluntary arrangement to maintain benefits while on a leave, which can include payment by personal check, or increased payroll deductions upon return from leave. Such agreement must be in writing. It is best to evaluate, depending on duration, if the increased deduction is to be spread over multiple periods, or if there are sufficient wages to make a one-time deduction.