Understanding your short term disability (STD) benefits can be complex and seem difficult, especially since the reason you are using STD is due to a personal illness or injury, which is stressful enough. Being familiar with the basics may put your mind at ease, so that if you do need to access the benefit, you will feel less confused and hopefully better prepared on the steps you need to take to get the benefit in place.
Short term disability provides benefit-eligible employees (.5 FTE or greater) protection against loss of income because of a serious health condition that is non work related. The amount of STD is determined by years of service and your exempt status (hourly or salary). For those who are hourly and have less than 5 years of service, there will be up to 3 weeks of pay available at 100% of salary and 10 weeks at 50% of salary. For those who are hourly with at least 5 years of service, exempt, or have the position of a direct patient care RN, there will be 13 weeks available at 100% of pay.
|Category||Completed Years of Service||Benefit Amount|
|Nonexempt (full-time)||0-5||120 hours at full pay plus 400 hours at half pay|
|5+||520 hours at full pay|
|Exempt (full-time)||0+||520 hours at full pay|
|Patient Care RNs (full-time)*||0+||520 hours at full pay|
The length of time that STD will be paid while on leave is determined by the nature of the illness or injury, but it can be up to 13 weeks. The first step to applying for STD would be to complete a leave of absence request in Employee Self Service (ESS), which can be done by the supervisor if the employee is unable to access ESS. Then, a release of medical information authorization must be completed.
There is a waiting period of 40 hours (pro-rated for part time) before STD would be available. PTO can be used for this time if available, otherwise unpaid time would apply. Once STD is approved, these hours will continue to be paid for as long as approved or STD balance is exhausted. Ongoing medical documentation may be requested throughout the leave to continue STD payments. A return to work release may be required from the attending physician before returning to work.
STD balances are renewed during an employee’s employment anniversary pay period, unless employee is on leave at the time of their employment anniversary. If that is the case, the balance will renew once the employee returns to work for an entire pay period.