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Does my leave of absence count toward my length of service under the retirement plan?

Unless for extended illness or injury, military service, research or development leave, or employee Family and Medical Leave, the period of a leave of absence without pay will not be computed into the length of your service under the university retirement plan, and therefore it will not count toward vesting. However, unpaid leave is not counted as an interruption of service. Your contributions to the UM Retirement, Disability and Death Benefit or ERIP plans are not required for leave of absence periods for which no salary is paid. You will be required to contribute, however, for leave of absence periods that are recognized as service credit under the plan for which partial or full salary is paid.

Reviewed 2015-12-21