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Temporary PEBB benefit eligibility for hires related to COVID-19

Updated November 16, 2020

On April 6, 2020, the Public Employee’s Benefits Board (PEBB) approved a policy resolution that impacts newly hired and rehired UW employees. This resolution will allow early PEBB benefits eligibility to those hired to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

The resolution as approved allows for UW employees in eligible positions to earn PEBB benefits eligibility the first of the month in which they are hired. This is a change from standard eligibility which would grant eligibility the first of the month following their hire date.

Additionally, the resolution waives any requirement for temporary workers in eligible positions to earn eligibility by working a prerequisite number of hours.

To be eligible for the new early PEBB benefits eligibility, a newly hired or rehired UW employee must:

  • Be hired, or rehired, April 1, 2020 or later, and;
  • Be in an eligible position deemed as fulfilling a response to COVID-19.

All eligibility rules will be monitored by UW Human Resources (UWHR) and the Integrated Service Center (ISC). If you meet the requirements for these temporary eligibility rules your eligibility date will be adjusted.

These eligibility rules are temporary and will end once the COVID-19 state of emergency is terminated.

Positions identified as eligible

Certain positions within the medical centers, Hall Health, Rubenstein Pharmacy, and some positions within the School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy are eligible for the early PEBB benefit eligibility as they either meet the Department of Labor’s healthcare provider or emergency responder definition or are critical to maintaining operations during the public health emergency.

Contact Information

For questions about this policy you can reach out to UWHR Benefits by emailing or calling 206-543-4444.

If you are an employee who needs help with benefits enrollment, contact the ISC at