University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources


When Benefits Coverage Ends

Your medical, dental, and life insurance coverage ends on the last day of the month in which you actively worked. Disability ends the day after the end of the last pay period in which premiums were deducted

Federal and state laws permit you to continue your medical, dental, and life coverage at your own cost. This is called COBRA Continuation of Coverage.

To qualify for COBRA, you must have been covered as an eligible employee or dependent on your last day of work. You have 60 days from your last day of work to elect continuation coverage and complete the form. Coverage is effective following the last day of your group coverage. If you wait up to 60 days before applying for COBRA continuation, you may experience a gap in coverage due to the cancellation of benefits. Electing early will avoid disruption in your coverage.

If you have questions about termination or continuation of coverage, call 612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363. 

Unused Vacation and Sick Time

See the policies below for your employee group regarding eligibility for payout of unused vacation hours or deposits to Health Care Savings Plans. No employees in any employee group are paid for unused sick leave when they leave the University.

AFSCME Clerical or Technical
An employee who leaves University employment and still has remaining vacation available is entitled to be paid for unused vacation.

Civil Service
Since August 1, 2008, civil service staff who leave the University with 10 years or more of service and 200 or more hours of vacation receive Health Care Savings Plan deposits in lieu of vacation payouts. Employees who leaves University employment with fewer years of service or hours of remaining vacation are entitled to be paid for unused vacation.

An employee who voluntarily resigns shall receive pay for unused, accumulated vacation, provided he/she submits written notice of resignation to the assigned supervisor at least two calendar weeks prior to the effective date of resignation. However, since April 1, 2006, the Teamster collective bargaining contract has included Health Care Savings Plan deposits for those who leave the University with 10 years or more of service and 80 or more hours of vacation.

When an employee has worked 67% time or greater for 11 months, any unused vacation days (up to the maximum of one year's accumulation of 22 days) may be paid out when the employee ends University employment.

Access to Employee Self-Service

Your Internet ID and Password will remain active until December 31 of the year following your resignation. For example, if you resign on April 22, 2015, your ID and password would be effective until December 31, 2016. This will allow you continued access to MyU.

Reminder List

  • Cancel your parking contract. You must contact Parking and Transportation Services to cancel your contract, or you will continue to be liable for your contract payments after your departure.
  • Forward your University email account. You will be able to access your email account for three weeks after your department enters your termination into the Human Resources PeopleSoft database.