Repatriation Leave (Qatar)

Purpose

Staff members who accept an assignment in NU-Qatar will be extended a six-month unpaid Repatriation Leave upon return to the United States at the conclusion of their assignment in NU-Qatar. Service credit will continue to accrue during the leave.

Notification and Request for Repatriation Leave

Staff members should notify the Benefits Division a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of a Repatriation Leave. A Leave of Absence request form must be requested from and submitted to the Benefits Division for approval of the designated leave period.

Repatriation Leave of Absence Request Form

Benefits While on Repatriation Leave

Staff members may use accrued vacation or personal floating holiday time during their Repatriation Leave. Staff members may continue their participation in University benefit plans for up to six months by paying any applicable employee contribution. The dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) is temporarily frozen during a leave of absence. Commuter benefits are temporarily terminated when on a leave of absence. These benefits can only be used when the employee is actively at work. The deadline to make changes to commuter benefits is the 5th of the month prior. Please make any necessary changes prior to that deadline. For additional question on the commuter benefits, visit http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/payroll/payment/pretax-transit/.