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8.7.3 Compensation During Illness and Disability Leave

Revised June 2007

Disability Leave - A short-term illness lasting seven days or less shall be covered by other members of the department staff or a substitute hired by the University. The benefit eligible faculty member's salary shall continue. When a disability requires hospitalization or when an illness disability continues beyond seven days to a maximum of six months, the faculty member must apply for Short Term Disability. The University will pay a faculty member who qualifies for Short Term Disability Insurance (STD) 100% of their pre-disability wages less the STD benefit for a maximum period of up to six months. An employee may continue health and welfare benefit plans during an extended six-month period by paying the required premiums or contributions.

A faculty member may return to his or her faculty position any time within two years from the first day of illness or injury causing the disability unless the appointment has appropriately terminated under Chapter 7 of the Faculty Handbook. Medical clearance must be provided before returning to a position from disability.

The Provost may authorize an extension of the period within which a faculty member may return to his or her position provided such extension can be demonstrated to be of benefit to operations of the department, school, or college.

Disability benefits are processed through the DHR.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and/or California Family Rights Act (CFRA) Leave – The University does NOT provide salary replacement when on a FMLA/CFRA leave to bond with a new baby and/or care for a sick family member. (See section 8.7.4.)

Faculty members may be eligible for up to six weeks of Paid Family Leave (PFL) Insurance. Benefits are limited to 55% of pre-leave wages up to the plan’s weekly maximum. Contact DHR for application and PFL provisions.