Benefits for International Employees
The benefits available to international faculty and staff are comparable to the benefits for our domestic faculty and staff, but are not identical.
For expatriate employees at international locations, CMU's expatriate medical plan provides services required for those on international assignment, including repatriation, emergency travel and evacuation, records transfer, payment administration and translation services.
For local employees serving in international locations, CMU's plans must maintain compliance with the host country employment laws, and benefits may differ based on location. Contact your local HR Manager or Business Manager for details about the benefits applicable to your situation.
Benefit Rates and Guides
- 2017 International Benefit Rates [pdf]
- 2017 Benefits Guide—Qatar [pdf]
- 2017 Benefits Guide—Australia [pdf]
- 2017 Benefits Guide—Rwanda [pdf]
Medical Benefits for International Employees
CIGNA Global Health Benefits Plan administers international health benefits, including medical insurance, prescription drug coverage, dental insurance, vision insurance and employee assistance plan. CIGNA is only offered if you are not a citizen of the country in which you are working.
For faculty and staff in Qatar, the Aetna International health plan is also available. The plan offers two options—one that includes non-emergency care in the United States, and one that does not.
For faculty and staff in Rwanda, the UAP health plan is also available.
Making Benefit Elections
Like domestic faculty and staff, international employees may select/change their benefits only under certain circumstances:
- Upon hire into an international assignment: All changes must be made within 30 days of the employee's benefits eligibility date.
- During the Open Enrollment period: Changes will take effect on the following January 1, and will be in effect for the entire calendar year, unless the employee experiences a life/family status change.
- Upon a Life or Family Status Change: An employee may add/remove dependents or begin/end coverage to accommodate a change in life or family status. All changes must be made within 30 days of the status change, or the employee will need to wait until the next Open Enrollment period.
All benefit elections should be made through Workday.
International Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
LifeSolutions International Employee Assistance Plan (EAP):
An employee on international assignments of four months or longer (i.e., short-term, long-term or long-term extended) may be eligible for special allowances and services to facilitate relocation, as agreed upon with his/her sponsor. Eligibility will vary based on the sponsorship, program, assignment length, department and sponsor agreement.
Examples of allowances that are often granted include:
- Visa services
- Travel allowances
- Housing allowances
- Vehicle allowances
In order to avoid duplication and to achieve the intended purpose of the allowance, the university may coordinate the allowances it provides an employee with the allowances provided to the employee's spouse by the spouses’ employer.