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Life Insurance

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Q. 
How much AD&D coverage do I have?
A. 
The amount of the AD&D benefit is equal to one times your basic annual earnings up to a maximum benefit amount of $100,000.  The AD&D benefit is available only to associates.
Your coverage amount will be rounded up to the next higher $500.  (Example: If your annual salary income is $20,204.00, your benefit amount would be rounded up to $20,500.00 for the AD&D).

NOTE:  Accidental death or dismemberment by accidental injury as used in this supplement means that your death or dismemberment results, directly and independently of all other causes, from an accidental injury which is unintended, unexpected, and unforeseen.
Q. 
What do I pay for the AD&D benefit?
A. 
The AD&D benefit is a company paid benefit (there is no cost to associates).
Q. 
How do I add or change beneficiaries in ShawAndMe?
A. 
In ShawandMe:
Click My Personal Information, and then under Benefits, click Insurance Summary.  Next, click on the benefit (Group Life, AD&D, or OTL) you want to add or change the beneficiaries and then click the Edit button.  If you are adding a new beneficiary, click the Add a New Beneficiary button.
 
Once beneficiary information is added, click Save and OK then, click on Return to Change Current Beneficiaries and Allocations.
 
Remember the Updated Total must equal 100% (whole numbers can only be entered).
If there is only one beneficiary – put "100" under "New Primary Allocation" by the beneficiary’s name. If there is more than one beneficiary, put the amount being allocated to each person.  Lastly, click Update Totals and click Save, then OK.

Click on Return to Life Insurance Main and then click on Return to Insurance Summary.  Finally, click on Insurance Beneficiary Summary.  Beneficiary changes will show on this page, if correct.

*Note – Associate is automatically the primary beneficiary for dependents – Primary Beneficiary cannot be changed.
Q. 
What happens to my AD&D Insurance if I leave the company?
A. 
If you leave the company, you have the option to continue your AD&D coverage. For details regarding this benefit, you must contact Minnesota Life at (1-866-293-6047) within thirty-one (31) days from your date of termination. The Group Policy number is 33498.
Q. 
Who will be the beneficiary for my AD&D Insurance?
A. 
Please make sure that you have a primary beneficiary listed for your AD&D.  You can add a primary beneficiary or make changes to your primary beneficiary information by going through ShawAndMe.

** Please note: Benefits cannot be made payable directly to minor children (legal age based on individual state law). If a minor child is listed as a beneficiary, the benefit may be paid directly to the child’s legal guardian. To make sure your minor child receives entitled benefits, you should seek legal counsel for setting up a trust for the child and have the information included in your will.

Secondary beneficiary – For a copy of the Secondary Beneficiary form, click here.

Default beneficiary – If you do not name a beneficiary, benefits are paid in the following order; spouse (if living), child (ren) (if living), parents (if living), estate.

Group Basic Life

Q. 
How do I add or change beneficiaries in ShawAndMe?
A. 
In ShawandMe:
Click My Personal Information, and then under Benefits, click Insurance Summary.  Next, click on the benefit (Group Life, AD&D, or OTL) you want to add or change the beneficiaries and then click the Edit button.  If you are adding a new beneficiary, click the Add a New Beneficiary button.
 
Once beneficiary information is added, click Save and OK then, click on Return to Change Current Beneficiaries and Allocations.
 
Remember the Updated Total must equal 100% (whole numbers can only be entered).
If there is only one beneficiary – put "100" under "New Primary Allocation" by the beneficiary’s name. If there is more than one beneficiary, put the amount being allocated to each person.  Lastly, click Update Totals and click Save, then OK.

Click on Return to Life Insurance Main and then click on Return to Insurance Summary.  Finally, click on Insurance Beneficiary Summary.  Beneficiary changes will show on this page, if correct.

*Note – Associate is automatically the primary beneficiary for dependents – Primary Beneficiary cannot be changed.
Q. 
What happens to my Group Basic Life Insurance if I leave the company?
A. 
If you leave the company, you have the option to continue a portion or all of your Group Basic Life coverage. For details regarding this benefit, you must contact Minnesota Life at (1-866-293-6047) within thirty-one (31) days from your date of termination. The Group Policy number is 33498.

NOTE: While you may choose to pay for COBRA to continue your medical coverage, the “Group Basic Life Insurance” is not included in any continuation of medical coverage for retiree’s or COBRA participants after termination of employment. The only way to continue this coverage is by contacting Minnesota Life. Coverage discontinues on the date of termination.
Q. 
How is a claim filed on myself or a covered dependent?
A. 
If you or your covered dependent (spouse/child) passes away, you or your beneficiary would need to contact your Human Resources office as they would file the claim through the Insurance Carrier.

NOTE:  The Group Life Insurance also has a living benefit provision. If you are diagnosed as terminally ill and meet plan requirements, you may be allowed to withdraw up to 100% of the value of your life policy. The minimum death benefit to be eligible for an accelerated benefit under this supplement is $10,000. This provision applies to terminally ill spouses as well.  The remaining percentage of the benefit will be paid to the participant's beneficiary when the participant passes away provided coverage is still in effect.  
Q. 
What do I pay for the Group Basic Life Insurance?
A. 
The Group Basic Life Insurance is a company paid benefit (there is no cost to associates).
However, IRS regulations require that when the company pays the premiums for Group Basic Life Insurance, a certain portion of the cost for benefit amounts exceeding $50,000 must be considered as gross income for the associate. This process is referred to as “imputed income.” Imputed incomes is based on the difference between the value that the IRS assigns as the market value cost for this benefit and the actual cost paid by the company. Your individual amount is determined by your age and the amount of coverage provided in excess of $50,000.
(Example: If your Group Basic Life Insurance coverage is $90,000 and you are age 30-34, the taxable benefit amount above the $50,000 limit would be $40,000 as defined by the IRS. Taxes on the premium for this amount of coverage are included in the tax withholdings from your pay).
Q. 
How much Group Basic Life Insurance coverage do I have?
A. 
The amount of Group Basic Life Insurance is equal to one times your basic annual earnings up to a maximum benefit amount of $100,000.

Your coverage amount will be rounded up to the next higher $500.  (Example: If your annual salary income is $20,204.00, your benefit amount would be rounded up to $20,500.00 for the Group Basic Life).
Q. 
Who will be the beneficiary for my Group Basic Life Insurance?
A. 
Please make sure that you have a primary beneficiary listed for your Group Basic Life Insurance. You can add a primary beneficiary or make changes to your primary beneficiary information by going through ShawAndMe.

** Please note: Benefits cannot be made payable directly to minor children (legal age based on individual state law). If a minor child is listed as a beneficiary, the benefit may be paid directly to the child’s legal guardian. To make sure your minor child receives entitled benefits, you should seek legal counsel for setting up a trust for the child and have the information included in your will.
Secondary beneficiary – For a copy of the Secondary Beneficiary form, click here.

Default beneficiary – If you do not name a beneficiary, benefits are paid in the following order; spouse (if living), child (ren) (if living), parents (if living), estate.
Q. 
Do I have Group Basic Life Insurance coverage for my spouse and child (ren)?
A. 
Eligibility requirements are as follows:
  1. Dependents must be enrolled under your medical coverage (dependent verification required) and
  2. Dependent child (ren) must also meet the Insurance Carrier’s requirements which are:
  • Eligible from live birth, up to the age of 19, or up to age 24, if a full-time student in an accredited educational institution.
  • Age 19 or older are also eligible if they are physically or mentally incapable of self –support, were incapable of self-support prior to age 19 (or age 24 if a full-time student) and are financially dependent on the certificate holder (associate) for more than one-half of their support and maintenance.
  • Full-time student verification is not required by Shaw. If a claim is filed, student verification will be required by the Insurance Carrier.
If all eligibility requirements are met, coverage amounts are:
  • Spouse - $5,000 (if they are not a Shaw associate – if also an associate, they would not be eligible for this coverage. They would be covered under their Group Basic Life Insurance based on their annual salary)
  • Child (ren) - $2,000 per child

Optional Term Life

Q. 
Can I have Optional Term Life Insurance for my spouse and child(ren)?
A. 
You may elect OTL coverage for your Spouse (dependent verification is required) and for your child (ren) from live birth up to age 26 or disabled (verify plan requirements).
Q. 
If both my spouse and I work at Shaw, can we both have coverage under the Optional Term Life benefit?
A. 
No, if you and your spouse work for Shaw, you cannot have double coverage under the Optional Term Life Insurance.
  • If your spouse is also a Shaw associate, you and your spouse cannot have double coverage on yourselves or child (ren) under the Optional Term Life, it can only be listed under yourself or your spouse.
  • If you or your spouse leave the company and have Optional Term Life on yourself, as a spouse you can only move over up to $50,000 to the spouse who is still employed with Shaw. Any amount elected over that will be subject to approval through the Insurance Carrier with Medical Evidence of Insurability being required.
If, as a new hire, you decline Optional Term Life Insurance coverage on yourself and/or eligible dependents, the next opportunity to enroll would be during the next open enrollment period. You and/or your dependents would not be eligible for any guaranteed issue amounts; any amount elected would be subject to approval through the Insurance Carrier and Medical Evidence of Insurability would also be required.
Q. 
How do I pay for Optional Term Life Insurance?
A. 
Rates are based on the amount of coverage chosen and age bracket. Click here for the Minnesota Life OTL Rate Sheet. Premiums are paid through payroll deduction (after tax) per pay period. Rates are subject to increase based on age bracket as age increases.

If you are placed on an unpaid Leave of Absence, you will be billed for your Optional Term Life Insurance through the Direct Billing process. Premiums remain the same as an active associate. If the Benefits Billing payment is not received by the final due date, coverage will be cancelled retroactively to the last paid through date, due to lack of payment. You will not be eligible to re-enroll until you return to active employment and any amount elected whether on yourself and/or dependents will be subject to approval through the Insurance Carrier with medical evidence of insurability being required.

Optional Term Life Insurance is an insured plan and all premiums must be paid before a claim can be submitted. If death occurs prior to your return to work, all premiums must be paid prior to the final due date in order for a claim to be filed. If coverage has already been cancelled due to non-payment of premiums, a claim cannot be filed due to ineligibility.

Note: Optional Term Life Insurance can be cancelled at any time.
Q. 
How is a claim filed on myself or a covered dependent?
A. 
If you or your covered dependent (spouse/child) passes away, you or your beneficiary would need to contact your Human Resources office as they would file the claim through the Insurance Carrier.
Q. 
How do I add or change beneficiaries in ShawAndMe?
A. 
In ShawandMe:
Click My Personal Information, and then under Benefits, click Insurance Summary.  Next, click on the benefit (Group Life, AD&D, or OTL) you want to add or change the beneficiaries and then click the Edit button.  If you are adding a new beneficiary, click the Add a New Beneficiary button.
 
Once beneficiary information is added, click Save and OK then, click on Return to Change Current Beneficiaries and Allocations.
 
Remember the Updated Total must equal 100% (whole numbers can only be entered).
If there is only one beneficiary – put "100" under "New Primary Allocation" by the beneficiary’s name. If there is more than one beneficiary, put the amount being allocated to each person.  Lastly, click Update Totals and click Save, then OK.

Click on Return to Life Insurance Main and then click on Return to Insurance Summary.  Finally, click on Insurance Beneficiary Summary.  Beneficiary changes will show on this page, if correct.

*Note – Associate is automatically the primary beneficiary for dependents – Primary Beneficiary cannot be changed.
Q. 
What is not covered under the Optional Term Life benefit?
A. 
The Life Insurance Plan will not pay benefits if loss of life is the result of suicide that occurs within the first two years of coverage.
Q. 
Who will be the beneficiary for my Optional Term Life Insurance?
A. 
Please make sure that you have a primary beneficiary listed for your Optional Term Life. You can add a primary beneficiary or make changes to your primary beneficiary information by going through ShawAndMe.

** Please note: Benefits cannot be made payable directly to minor children (legal age based on individual state law). If a minor child is listed as a beneficiary, the benefit may be paid directly to the child’s legal guardian. To make sure your minor child receives entitled benefits, you should seek legal counsel for setting up a trust for the child and have the information included in your will.

Secondary beneficiary – For a copy of the Secondary Beneficiary form, click here.

Default beneficiary – If you do not name a beneficiary, benefits are paid in the following order; spouse (if living), child (ren) (if living), parents (if living), estate.
Q. 
What happens to my Optional Term Life insurance if I leave the company?
A. 
If you leave the company, you have the option to continue a portion or all of your Optional Term Life Insurance (if applicable) coverage.  For details regarding this benefit, you must contact Minnesota Life at (1-866-293-6047) within thirty-one (31) days from your date of termination. The Group Policy number is 33498.

Whole Life

Q. 
What happens to my Whole Life benefit if I leave the company?
A. 
You may take your policy with you if you leave the company. You must contact Unum within thirty-one (31) days from the date of termination to request to be put on direct billing. Payments would be made directly to Unum.
Q. 
How is a claim filed on me or a covered dependent?
A. 
If you or your covered dependent (spouse/child) passes away, you or your beneficiary would need to contact your Human Resources office to obtain the Unum Whole Life Death Claim form or click here. The claim would be filed directly with Unum.
Q. 
Can I cancel the Whole Life benefit at any time?
A. 
Yes, you must contact your Human Resource office to obtain the Unum Whole Life, Critical Illness & Accident Cancellation form or click here. You may return the form back to your HR Office who will then submit to Corporate Benefits for cancellation.

Hospital Indemnity

Q. 
What is the Hospital Indemnity Benefit?
A. 
The Hospital Indemnity Benefit is through Unum and it provides benefits if you are admitted into the hospital plus pays per day of hospital confinement.  In addition, there is also a wellness benefit per calendar year with the Hospital Indemnity Benefit.   Click here to access the Hospital Indemnity Brochure.
Q. 
How is the Hospital Indemnity benefit different from my medical benefits?
A. 
Medical benefits pay for doctors and hospitals. The Unum Hospital Indemnity coverage is designed to provide you with cash benefits, unless otherwise assigned, that you can use to help with daily expenses when you’re sick or hurt—cash to be used as you wish to help you and your family with unexpected expenses.
Q. 
How long does it take my Hospital Indemnity claim to be processed?
A. 
Once a claim form has been received, it normally takes 24 hours to pre-process the claim before it is sent to the Unum claims examiner for processing. During this pre-processing stage, the claim form is not accessible for review. It will become accessible once pre-processing is complete and the claim is entered into the claim system.
 
Please closely follow the instructions on the claim form and sign in all places indicated before mailing it and all required documentation to Unum. It typically takes one to three business days for the claim to be fully processed.

Voluntary

Group Accident

Q. 
Can I cancel the Group Accident benefit at any time?
A. 
Yes, you must contact your Human Resource office to obtain the Unum Whole Life, Critical Illness & Accident Cancellation form or click here. You may return the form back to your HR Office who will then submit to Corporate Benefits for cancellation.
Q. 
How is a Accident claim filed on me or a covered dependent?
A. 
You may contact your Human Resource office to obtain the Unum Accident Claim form or click here. Once completed, the form should be submitted directly to Unum to the address on the form.  

NOTE:  A claim should be sent to Unum within 90 days after the date of the accident for which a benefit is claimed or the date of covered loss for which a benefits is claimed, or as soon as is reasonably possible.  If notice is not reasonably possible to provide within 90 days, it must be given no later than one year after the time notice of claim is required.
Q. 
What happens to my Group Accident benefit if I leave the company?
A. 
You may take your policy with you if you leave the company. You must contact Unum within thirty-one (31) days from the date of termination to request to be put on direct billing. Payments would be made directly to Unum.

Group Critical Illness

Q. 
Can I cancel the Group Critical Illness benefit at any time?
A. 
Yes, you must contact your Human Resource office to obtain the Unum Whole Life, Critical Illness & Accident Cancellation form or click here. You may return the form back to your HR Office who will then submit to Corporate Benefits for cancellation.
Q. 
How is a Critical Illness claim filed on me or a covered dependent?
A. 
You may contact your Human Resource office to obtain the Unum Critical Illness Claim form or click here. Once completed, the form should be submitted directly to Unum to the address on the form.
Q. 
What happens to my Group Critical Illness benefit if I leave the company?
A. 
You may take your policy with you if you leave the company. You must contact Unum within thirty-one (31) days from the date of termination to request to be put on direct billing. Payments would be made directly to Unum.

Adoption

Q. 
Who is eligible to participate in the plan?
A. 
To be eligible, you must be a full-time, active associate and must have completed 1 year or more of continuous Company service at the time the child is placed in the home.
Q. 
What children are eligible under this benefit?
A. 
The child to be adopted must be under the age of 18 and may not be a relative, step-child, or step-grandchild of the associate or the spouse of the associate. Adoption benefits are not available (a) if either the parent is the natural parent or (b) for legal guardianship.
Q. 
How much does Shaw pay?
A. 
Eligible expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $4,000 per child. Eligible expenses will be reimbursed to the associate after the adoption is final and the child is placed in the associate’s home and becomes a part of the associate’s household. Benefits cannot be assigned to a third party. Reimbursement is considered taxable income subject to withholding taxes, and the reimbursement amount will be reported as income on the associate’s W-2 form.

Reimbursement will be considered for:
  • Fees to agencies that have met all government requirements for licenses and approval (including fees for placement and parental counseling).
  • Court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.
  • Costs incurred for state-required “pre-placement home study” and “post-placement supervision” programs.
  • Appropriate and necessary uninsured expenses related to the birth or health care of the child or pregnancy of the natural mother. These expenses must have been incurred within 1 year prior to the application for adoption assistance.
  • Charges for temporary foster care provided prior to placement. The foster care must be provided by an approved or licensed agency or individual and will be limited to 30 days.
  • Reasonable and customary transportation charges for the adoptive parents and the adoptive child where travel pertaining to completion of the adoption is necessary.
Q. 
What paperwork is required?
A. 
All bills and itemized receipts of eligible expenses should be saved, copied, and attached to a completed Application For Adoption Expense Reimbursement form with a certified legal document recognizing the completion of permanent adoption. The form must be signed, dated, and submitted within 90 days after the adoption is final. Additional documentation regarding itemized bills may be required.

Tuition-G.E.D.

Q. 
Am I eligible for tuition assistance?
A. 
To be eligible, you must be a regular, full-time, active associate. You must also be satisfactorily performing your current job. Co-ops, interns, temporary, and part-time associates are not eligible. Associates who terminate employment within 1 year of the date of the last tuition reimbursement check are required to reimburse the company for the total amount of tuition reimbursement received in the previous 1 year period. Prior to enrollment, approval must be obtained from your HR Manager and Dept. Director for classes to qualify for tuition assistance.
Q. 
How much does Shaw pay for tuition assistance?
A. 
If your course is approved, Shaw will reimburse you for 75% of tuition and mandatory fees (less any financial aid received including scholarships and grants), not to exceed a total of $2000 per calendar year for undergraduate courses.  For Graduate courses, Shaw will reimburse 75% of tuition and mandatory fees (less any financial aid received including scholarships and grants), not to exceed a total of $5,000 per calendar year.  In addition, there is a $400 annual book allowance net of allowances provided by financial aid programs.  Reimbursement is net of any financial aid received. Total reimbursement under this plan may not exceed $5,250 per year.
Q. 
What courses will Shaw pay for?
A. 
We pay for a wide range of courses to pursue many different career goals at Shaw.  Applicable courses include G.E.D. courses which are not conducted on site at a Shaw facility, vocational and technical courses related to carpet operations and related subjects, undergraduate, graduate, and online courses provided by accredited colleges/universities.  Online courses must be approved in advance by Corporate Benefits. G.E.D. testing fees are also eligible for 100% of total fees for all test sections, to be paid one time only. Retesting fees are not eligible.

Graduate and online courses must be provided by a college/university with a campus, and the hours must be eligible for transfer to other accredited colleges/universities.

All courses must be taken for specific job knowledge or toward pursuit of a degree that is of mutual interest to the associate and Shaw.
Q. 
What paperwork is required to request tuition assistance?
A. 
If you would like to submit a course for approval, you must call MyHR at 1-706-532-SHAW (7429).  All requests for tuition reimbursement must be accompanied by an itemized receipt and the final registration form including class schedule and grade summary.

To be reimbursed for a course, you must pass it, if it is a pass/fail course, or complete it with at least a "C" if letter grades are given. Tuition expenses must be submitted within 30 days after course completion. Reimbursements apply to the annual maximum tuition benefit for the calendar year in which reimbursements are made by the Company.
Q. 
What other rules apply with tuition assistance?
A. 
Courses must be taken outside regular work hours, unless otherwise approved. Tuition assistance will be paid only one time for any particular course. Tuition assistance will not be provided for any course completed after a person has left the Company, except in the case of layoff. Associates may participate in seminars, special courses, or other educational activities at the request of the Company. In these events, the total cost will be paid by Shaw outside of the tuition reimbursement process and will not count toward the annual maximum. The facility Human Resources Manager is responsible for the overall administration of this plan.

Benefits Billing

Q. 
Am I billed weekly or monthly?
A. 
Billing statements are processed monthly. All premium payments will be due on the 1st of each month to avoid the termination of the policy for non-payment.
Q. 
What happens if I am on Leave of Absence?
A. 
Associates are responsible for their Benefit premiums (Medical, Dental, Hospital Indemnity, Optional Term Life, Short Term Disability) while on a Leave of Absence. 
Q. 
What happens if I’m unable to pay for my premiums?
A. 
Your Benefits will be canceled retroactive to the last paid through date.
Q. 
When can I re-enroll if my Benefits were canceled?
A. 
Once you return to work, you will have 31 days to re-enroll under a Family Status Change or you may re-enroll during the next Open Enrollment period. Please contact your Human Resources Office for further details.
Q. 
How do I make a payment?
A. 
Payments can be made online by debit/credit card or using a checking/savings account at http://adminservices.optumhealthfinancial.com.

Payments may also be mailed accompanied with the invoice to:

OptumHealth Financial Services
PO BOX 713082
Cincinnati, OH 45271-3082

COBRA-Retiree

Q. 
Who is eligible for COBRA?
A. 
When an associate’s employment ends with Shaw, if they are a current participant of the Shaw Medical, Dental, and/or Vision Plans, they have the right to elect to continue coverage under COBRA.
Q. 
How will I be notified regarding Cobra/Retiree coverage?
A. 
Enrollment packets are mailed to the associate's mailing address from Optum and should be received within three (3) weeks of the termination date.  If the packet is not received, the participant should contact the COBRA/Retiree department at Optum (1-866-301-6681).
Q. 
Who is eligible for Retiree Other Than COBRA coverage?
A. 
Associates are eligible to retire on or after reaching age 62 if they have completed at least five years of company service. If the associate is an eligible Retiree and is not Medicare eligible, they may elect to continue Medical, Dental, and/or Vision coverage and are eligible to receive the Retiree premium rate until they are Medicare eligible. 

Covered spouses of a Retiree that is not yet eligible for Medicare would be considered eligible to receive the Retiree premium rate until they are Medicare eligible. 

Pay for Time Not Worked

Q. 
Does vacation pay count as hours worked toward overtime?
A. 
No. Vacation pay will be paid as straight time and will not count as hours worked. 
Q. 
Am I eligible for Holiday Pay?
A. 
To qualify for this benefit, you must be active and work at least 1 day during the week in which the holiday occurs except if you are on Leave of Absence – FMLA, Leave of Absence – Military, temporary layoff, Bereavement leave, Jury Service, or approved vacation. Part-time associates will be paid holiday pay for the number of hours normally scheduled to work on the holiday.
 
Q. 
Does holiday pay count as hours worked toward overtime?
A. 
No. Holiday pay will be paid as straight time and will not count as hours worked. 
Q. 
What are the 8 paid holidays?
A. 
For Manufacturing Facilities: 
New Year’s Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day 
Thanksgiving Day 
Friday After Thanksgiving 
Christmas Day 
  
For All Other Facilities: 
New Year’s Day
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day 
Friday After Thanksgiving 
Christmas Eve Day 
Christmas Day 
 
                                                        
Notes: The Company will designate the dates when these holidays will be observed. The two holidays that vary in these schedules are Christmas Eve and Good Friday. Twelve hour rotating and weekend shifts observe the actual holiday, not the observed holiday. 
Q. 
How much time Bereavement/Funeral Time off am I eligible for?”
A. 
You may take a paid leave of 1 day when requested for bereavement of the following relatives:
            Uncle                                                   Aunt
            Niece                                                   Nephew
            Brother-in-law                                      Sister-in-law
            Son-in-law                                           Daughter-in-law
(This day should generally be taken during the week of or the week after the funeral).
 
 
You may take a paid leave of up to 3 days of missed scheduled work when requested for bereavement of the following relatives:
 
            Spouse                                                Sister
            Brother                                                Half-sister/Step-sister
            Half-brother/step-brother                     Grandchild
            Child                                                    Step-parent
            Grandmother                                       Grandfather
            Mother-in-law                                      Father-in-law
            Parent                                                 Step-child
(These days should generally be taken during the week of or the week after the funeral).

The terms "in-law" and "spouse" include "domestic partners" as that term is used in the "Same Sex Domestic Partner Policy and Procedures Guide" on the Corporate Benefits site.
 
Q. 
Do I have any Bereavement/Funeral Time off for other relatives?
A. 
You may also be provided time off without pay to attend the funeral for individuals other than those listed above.
Q. 
Am I eligible for Jury Service Pay?
A. 
 All active full-time hourly associates are eligible.
 
Q. 
What do I need to do if I am called for jury duty?
A. 
Notify your Supervisor immediately.  If you serve more than 3 hours on any day of jury duty, you will be excused from work for the balance of that day. If you serve fewer than 3 hours on any day of jury duty, you are expected to report to work unless other arrangements are approved by your Supervisor.
 
Q. 
How much does Shaw pay for Jury Service?
A. 
You are eligible for your regular rate of pay on the day(s) served. For purposes of calculating overtime, jury duty hours will count as worked. 
 

International

Q. 
How can I file a claim with Great-West?
A. 
With Great-West’s convenient new eClaims services, you have more options than ever to submit your claims, with no paper forms to fill out.  For instructions on filing eclaims, click here
Q. 
How do I pay for Optional Term Life Insurance?
A. 
Rates are based on the amount of coverage chosen and age bracket. For the Minnesota Life OTL rate sheet, click here. Premiums are paid through payroll deduction (after tax) per pay period. Rates are subject to increase based on age bracket as age increases.
Optional Term Life Insurance is an insured plan and all premiums must be paid before a claim can be submitted.  If death occurs prior to your return to work, all premiums must be paid prior to the final due date in order for a claim to be filed. If coverage has already been cancelled due to non-payment of premiums, a claim cannot be filed due to ineligibility.
Q. 
How is an OTL claim filed on myself or a covered dependent?
A. 
If you or your covered dependent (spouse/child) passes away, you or your beneficiary would need to contact your Human Resources office as they would file the claim through the Insurance Carrier. 
Q. 
What happens to my Optional Term Life insurance if I leave the company?
A. 
If you leave the company, you have the option to continue a portion or all of your Optional Term Life Insurance (if applicable) coverage. For details regarding this benefit, you must contact Minnesota Life at (1-866-293-6047) within thirty-one (31) days from your date of termination.  The Group Policy number is 33498.
Q. 
What is not covered under the Optional Term Life Insurance?
A. 
The Life Insurance Plan will not pay benefits if loss of life is the result of suicide that occurs within the first two years of coverage.