Administrators and staff members who do not use all of their sick leave during a fiscal year accumulate the unused days in a short-term disability bank. In the event of illness or disability that exceeds the employee's yearly sick leave, the days in the bank are made available.
A maximum of 130 days can accumulate in the short-term disability bank. Any days over 130 go into an excess account and at retirement at 62 years or older, an employee will receive pay at his or her current salary for the number of days over 100 in the bank or excess account, up to a maximum of 50 days. Unused sick days as of the date of retirement will be added to the short-term disability bank and counted toward the 50 excess days.
When an employee becomes ill, she or he uses the accrued sick leave for the current year; then, days accumulated in the short-term disability bank. A statement from the attending health care provider(s) is required. Short-term disability is paid as follows:
first 40 work days 100% of pay
next 40 work days 75% of pay
next 50 work days 60% of pay
Excess days, which are paid at 100%, may be used before 75% days or 60% days.
In the event that a period of short-term disability overlaps a holiday, that holiday will be paid at 100%.
If disability is expected to extend beyond 180 days, i.e., 130 work days, the employee should apply for benefits under the Long-term Disability Insurance plan, which should be done within 90 days of when short-term disability will expire. The 180-day period will begin on the first day the employee is unable to work because of the illness.
An employee who is back to work for 30 calendar days or less and becomes disabled from the same illness will be considered to have one continuous illness.
An employee who is back to work for more than 30 calendar days and becomes disabled from the same illness will be considered to have a relapse. The 180-day period will begin on the first day the employee is unable to work due to the relapse.
An employee who has returned to work for any length of time and becomes disabled from an illness unrelated to previous periods of disability will be considered to have a new illness. The 180-day period will begin on the first day the employee is unable to work because of the new illness. Payment will be made for the new 130 work days as described above, regardless of how many days the employee used for prior disabilities until the employee's short-term disability bank is exhausted.
In the event of extended absence, the University may require a periodic examination by a health care provider of its choice.
Employees who have exhausted sick and bank days are considered to be on unpaid Short-Term Disability for the remainder of six months.
While on short-term disability, the employee is responsible for keeping the immediate supervisor informed of his/her location and condition.
An employee on short-term disability continues to be covered by hospitalization, life, accidental death and-dismemberment, and disability insurance for up to six months. At the end of six months, benefits are discontinued and an employee is no longer considered an active employee. In such cases, the individual is encouraged to re-apply for any open position for which s/he is qualified when the individual is medically able to return to work.