|Application for Benefits
Employees must contact the Office of Employee Benefits to
apply for short-and/or long-term disability benefits. There is a
separate application process for short-term and long-term disability
Notification to Department
An employee must notify the department when applying for
short-and/or long-term disability benefits. The Office of Employee
Benefits will inform the department when an application for benefits has
been approved. In addition, the Office of Employee Benefits will
inform the department when the benefit has expired.
An employee is eligible to use accrued paid leave hours
during the waiting period for short-term disability benefits. An
employee is also eligible to use accrued leave benefits subsequent to
the expiration of short-term disability benefits and/or while waiting
for a determination on an application for long-term disability
Coordination with Family and Medical Leave
An eligible employee who is medically disabled and unable to work should request medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave policy and apply for disability benefits. Approval of a medical leave does not guarantee that disability benefits will be paid.
Leave covered by short-or long-term disability benefits
that also qualifies as medical leave under the Family and Medical leave
policy is counted against the employee's leave entitlement for family
and medical leave.
Termination of Employment
An employee who is covered by short-and long-term disability
benefits may be terminated if he or she is absent from the job for a
period of one year due to a disability. Reasonable accommodations to
enable the employee to return to work within a year will be considered
when relevant. Any termination decision must be in accordance with any
applicable federal, state, and local law.
A probationary employee may be terminated at any time in accordance with the probationary policy.
Termination of employment will result in the termination
of short-term disability benefits. Termination of employment, in
itself, will not result in the termination of long-term disability