Important Changes Announced for Short Term Disability Policy

As announced during the Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Period, the University's Short Term Disability Policy 3.1.10 will be revised, effective January 1, 2012, with the following changes:

  • Benefits paid will be modified. The first 12 weeks of disability will remain at 100% of base salary and the remaining 14 weeks will be reduced to 75%.
  • Benefits for individuals working less than a 12-month schedule will be paid in accordance with the state formula during the scheduled non-working period.
  • Benefits paid at the 100%/75% formula will not exceed 26 weeks during any 12-month period rather than an employee's anniversary date.

Employees receiving short term disability benefits prior to January 1 will continue to receive 100% of base salary for up to 26 weeks for that specific absence. The new rule of 26 weeks in a 12-month period will apply to all eligible employees beginning disability as of January 1, 2012, or later. Please refer to our benefits FAQs for more information about short term disability.

Review of the short term disability policy is one of the initiatives supported by the Committee to Strengthen University Management and Resources (SUMAR) that seeks savings and efficiencies in academic and central administration. For more information about SUMAR, refer to the website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Benefits Team at (609) 258-3302.