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Transitional Severance Benefits

Any employee who is involuntarily separated from employment is eligible to receive the transitional severance benefit. The severance benefit amount is based on the employee’s consecutive years of service under his or her current employer as follows:

Service credit with other employers cannot be used in calculating the severance benefit. Employees who are eligible for VRS retirement at the time of the layoff may elect to receive the severance benefit without the enhanced retirement credit, in addition to a retirement benefit (see Enhanced Retirement).

Health Insurance

You will continue to pay your portion of the health insurance premiums for employees who receive the transitional severance benefit for up to 12 months. Encourage employees receiving this benefit to contact you before the end of their 12-month period to discuss health insurance options following the severance period.

Group Life Insurance

If the employee is covered under the VRS Group Life Insurance Program, submit the Employer Certification of VRS Basic Group Life Insurance Coverage Under the Transitional Benefits Program (VRS-11C) to VRS. Note that:

If an employee is covered under an employer-administered group life insurance plan, coverage will continue for 12 months following the layoff date.

Forfeiture of Severance Benefits

If you rehire an employee for whom you are paying a transitional severance benefit in the same or a similar position or as an independent contractor performing the same or similar duties, the employee’s severance benefit will end.

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