Salary Continuation and Disability


Salary Continuation for Professional Support Staff

The University provides a salary continuation program that includes income protection during periods of disability. Regular full-time staff members who have completed six (6) months of employment shall have the first ten (10) working days of any disability fully paid. Regular full-time staff members who have completed one (1) year of employment shall have the first twenty (20) working days of any disability fully paid. Eligibility for a full ten (10) or twenty (20) days of salary continuation shall be restored for any disability after the staff member has returned to work for five (5) full consecutive working days. Regular full-time staff members with less than six (6) months service will have one day per calendar month of salary continuation, if needed (non-accumulative). Regular part-time staff members will only receive salary continuation for the actual number of hours missed due to a disability up to a maximum of forty (40) working hours per calendar year. Working hours are defined as the number of hours the part-time staff member is scheduled to work.

Coverage terminates on the last day of employment.

Refer to the Professional Support Staff contract for detailed information concerning the usage of salary continuation. Salary continuation is subject to the approval of your supervisor.

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Salary Continuation for Pew Campus Security and Public Safety Staff

The University provides a salary continuation program that includes income protection during periods of disability. Regular full-time staff members shall have the first 160 working hours of any disability fully paid. Eligibility for the full 160 hours of salary continuation shall be restored for any disability after the employee has returned to work for 40 working hours.

Coverage terminates on the last day of employment.

Refer to the Public Safety contract or Pew Campus Security handbook for detailed information concerning the usage of salary continuation. Salary continuation is subject to the approval of your supervisor.

 

Sick Leave for Maintenance Grounds and Service Staff

The University provides a sick leave program that includes income protection during periods of disability. Regular full-time staff earn .05 hours of sick leave for each regular hour worked per week. Unused sick leave accrual shall not exceed one hundred and seventy six (176) hours, with one hundred sixty (160) hours eligible for carryover at the beginning of each calendar year. Probationary staff shall earn sick leave at the same rate, however, they may not use accrued sick leave until after 6 months of employment.

On May 1 of each year regular part-time staff will be credited two (2) half days to be used for sick leave. Any unused balance will not carry over in to the next contract year.

Coverage terminates on the last day of employment.

Refer to the Maintenance, Grounds and Service Staff contract for detailed information concerning the usage of sick leave. Sick leave usage is subject to the approval of your supervisor.

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Salary Continuation for Faculty & Executive Administrative Professional Staff

The University provides a salary continuation program for full time Faculty Members, as well as full time Executive Administrative Professionals that includes 100% salary protection for up to six months in the event of unforeseen medical and personal circumstances which do not allow you to continue work. This program is intended only as a form of insurance and is subject to careful scrutiny by each appointing officer. The appointing officer may, at any time, require proof that the absence is appropriate. Salary continuation is effective upon employment. Coverage terminates on the final day of employment. 

Visiting Faculty staff are not eligible to participate in the Salary Continuation Plan.

Adjunct Executive, Administrative and Professional staff may not participate in the university's salary continuation program. Appointing officers may, in consultation with the Associate Vice President for Human Resources, allow full time or part-time for a full year staff members to have time off for illness without loss of pay in lieu of vacation, providing arrangements are made to fulfill all responsibilities and not to exceed 10 days per year. In no case shall the total amount of paid time off for illness exceed the amount allowed.

 

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Short Term Disability

All regular full-time members of the Grand Valley State University Professional Support Staff, Maintenance, Grounds, Service; Pew Campus Security and Public Safety Staff become eligible for short-term disability income benefits six (6) calendar months after their date of hire. Dependents are not covered. To be eligible for short-term disability income benefits, you must be unable to perform all duties required of your position and be under the direct care of a physician. Care begins at the time of the first examination by a physician. The physician cannot be a relative.

Professional Support Staff and Maintenance, Grounds, Service employees if found eligible for short-term disability benefits you will be paid 75% of your basic compensation, at the time of disability, after a waiting period of twenty (20) working days. Payments will continue for a maximum period of six (6) months.  

Pew Campus Security and Police employees if found eligible for short-term disability benefits you will be paid 75% of your basic compensation, at the time of disability, after a waiting period of 160 hours. Payments will continue for a maximum period of six (6) months.

Benefits will be reduced by any amount paid from:

1. Compulsory "no-fault" motor vehicle coverage for lost earnings.

2. Social Security or Railroad Retirement due to your disability. It will be assumed that you are entitled to the largest amount of Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits, including those for dependents until the actual determination of benefits is received from the appropriate administration. A copy of the determination must be given to Human Resources to adjust the benefit accordingly.

If periods of disability are due to unrelated causes and separated by a return to active work, they are treated as separate periods.

If periods of disability are due to related causes and they are separated by a return to active work for at least two weeks in a row, they are treated as separate periods. If there is no such separation, it is treated as one period of disability.

No benefits will be paid for a disability which occurs as a result of:

1. An injury or illness due to employment with any employer or self-employment
2. An intentionally self-inflicted injury
3. Involvement in the Armed Forces of any country
4. Involvement in the commission of a felony
Coverage terminates on the last day of employment.

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Long Term Disability

The University provides a partial income replacement program, which provides monthly payments of 60% of your base salary subject to a $10,000 monthly maximum. The long-term disability insurance policy is administered by Standard Life Insurance Company.   Long Term Disability is available for Faculty, Professional Support Staff, Police, Pew Campus Security, Maintenance, Grounds and Service Staff and Executive, Administrative and Professional staff members with full time appointments (one half-time or more) who are paid on the basis of a fiscal or academic year are eligible to participate in the plan. Visiting Faculty, Part-Time Faculty, Affiliate Faculty with a One Year Contract, and Adjunct Administrative and Professional staff are not eligible to participate in the Long Term Disability Program.

Long-term disability benefits are effective the first day of the month following date of hire and coverage terminates on the last day of employment.

This plan will pay a monthly benefit for a period of total disability caused by a disease or accidental bodily injury.

If you would like to view the Long Term Disability Certificate of Coverage please view our Benefits Information Center.

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Leave of Absence

When your salary continuation and short-term disability pay has been exhausted, you may request to be placed on an extended sick leave if you continue to be unable to perform the duties of your position due to the illness or accident. Your request must be made thirty (30) days prior to the expiration of your short-term disability payments. Extended sick leave may continue for up to eighteen (18) months from your last day worked. The time period may be extended be mutual agreement of the University and the Association. If you are released to work during your extended sick leave, you will be offered the next available position for which you are qualified. The University will pay the cost of COBRA medical coverage during the first twelve (12) months of extended sick leave.

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If you are looking for more information about Grand Valley's Medical Leave Policies please refer to your Union Contract or Handbook located on the Human Resources web site.

 

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