Bargaining Unit Changes, Full-time to Part-time or Part-time to Full-time status changes

Did you change bargaining units?

There are several ways an employee might change bargaining units:  promotion, demotion, class/comp study or collective bargaining.  An employee who changes from one bargaining unit to another may be required to change medical plans.  

Some County-sponsored ODS medical plans are bargaining unit specific.  If you are changing bargaining units and are enrolled in a plan not available to your new bargaining unit, you will need to elect a new ODS medical plan from the choices available to you in your new status.

The documents below are required to change plan elections.

Depending upon the bargaining unit change, eligibility for other benefit plans may be impacted.  These plans include: Short Term Disability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance, HRA VEBA and Long Term Care Insurance.  You will receive a letter from the Employee Benefits Office explaining the changes (if any) to your eligibility for any of these plans (either loss of eligibility, or new eligibility for enrollment) and the options you have available due to the bargaining unit change.


Did you change the number of hours per week you work? (FTE Change)

Full-time to Part-time employment status change

An employee who experiences a qualified change in FTE can change health plans within the same carrier and add or remove dependents based on this change in FTE.  Employees have 90 days from the change in FTE to change plans and/or enroll/remove dependents.  However, the requested change is not retro-active.  It will be effective the first of the month, following receipt of completed paperwork.

The documents below are required to add new dependents to health plan coverage and/or change plan elections*.

*Plan election changes are only allowed if they are within the same carrier (ODS plan to ODS plan or Kaiser plan to Kaiser plan).


Part-time to Full-time employment status change

An employee who experiences a qualified change in FTE can change health plans within the same carrier and add or remove dependents based on this change in FTE.  Employees have 90 days from the change in FTE to change plans and/or enroll/remove dependents.

Some County-sponsored health plans are only available to part-time employees.  If you have changed from a part-time status (including Local 88/86 half-time and 3/4-time) to full-time employment and are enrolled in one of these plans, the Employee Benefits Office staff will move you from the part-time only plan to the plan available to full-time employees within the same carrier, but cannot add dependents without a completed form.

The documents below are required to add new dependents to health plan coverage and/or change plan elections.*

*Plan election changes are only allowed if they are within the same carrier (ODS plan to ODS plan or Kaiser plan to Kaiser plan).