Section: Personnel
Policy Number: 4-70
Policy Name: Disability (Total) Benefits Salary Continuation
Date: 1997
Revisions: May 13, 2003, July 1, 2008

PROCEDURES FOR SALARY CONTINUATION

  1. Where illness or injury involves total disability of a permanent nature or causes absence from work for more than six months, eligible employees may apply for disability income from the University's long-term disability insurance provider. Two disability options are available through the flexible benefits program:

    1. Standard Option, a 60% salary replacement, and

    2. High Option, a 66 2/3% salary replacement.

  2. A six-month waiting period is required before the disability income benefit begins. During this waiting period, the University's long-term disability insurance provider evaluates the claim for approval or denial. The transition from University employment to Total Disability Income is based upon the schedules below.

  3. TIAA/CREF and Fidelity Primary Retirement Plan Participants The University will pay salary as follows:

    1. Employee's Service Salary Continuation 1st and 2nd years 8 weeks at base salary plus 16 weeks at 60% base salary

    2. 3rd and 4th years 12 weeks at base salary plus 12 weeks at 60% base salary

    3. 5th and 6th years 16 weeks at base salary plus 8 weeks at 60% base salary

    4. 7th and 8th years 20 weeks at base salary plus 4 weeks at 60% base salary

    5. 9 years or more 24 weeks at base salary

      • Note: Employees with at least five years of University service who are approved for total disability benefits, are eligible to participate in the University Retired medical group. The cost is at the same rate schedule as the Active employee group.

  4. In accordance with State Law, salary must continue through the end of the month disability begins and for three subsequent months. The University continues sick leave and salary payments as follows:

    1. For Employees with State Pension Disability and Total Disability Plan

      1. First three months - Employees receive full salary per State Statute. -

      2. Last three months - University pays full salary until sick leave is exhausted.

      3. If there is no sick leave entitlement, the University pays 60 percent of salary--minus the State Pension benefit-- through the end of the six-month waiting period.

    2. For Employees with Total Disability Plan ONLY (Employees with less than five years of pension-covered service do not qualify for State Pension benefits.)

      • The University pays full salary until sick leave is exhausted and 60% of salary for the remainder of the six-month waiting period.

Submitted by: Benefits Services