Short Term Disability
The University provides a Short-Term Disability (STD) benefit, which provides salary and benefits continuation (according to the chart below), in the event that an eligible employee is unable to perform the duties of his/her job due to illness, injury or pregnancy, to a maximum of 26 weeks** within a 52-week period. Short-Term Disability leave begins on the eighth consecutive calendar day of absence, including weekends and holidays. An employee is expected to return to work after his/her medically certified disability leave ends.
**26 weeks within a 52-week period is the combined maximum duration of the following leaves: Short-Term Disability, New York Paid Family Leave, Workers’ Compensation disability leave.
Cigna is the administrator for both Short-Term Disability leave and for Family and Medical Leave as of September 1, 2010. (If a Short-Term Disability claim is medically certified, it will also count as time taken under the Family and Medical Leave Act.) Please contact Cigna directly, at 1 (888) 842-4462, to file a claim.
- How to Report a Short-Term Disability Claim and/or Family Medical Leave (FML) (PDF)
- Employee Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (PDF)
Cigna is responsible for administering claims, and for managing the medical case with a focus on expediting your successful and healthy return to work.
The University provides salary and benefits continuation to our full time employees as indicated below:
|Length of Full Time Service at Date of Disability||Salary and Benefits Continuation|
|Less than 3 Months||No salary or benefits continuation. Eligible for the NYS Disability benefit only.|
|3-12 Months||Eligible to a maximum of two (2) months at full base salary and up to four (4) additional months at one-half salary. This is the maximum benefit within a 52-week period.|
|12 Months and Over||Eligible to a maximum of 26 weeks at full base salary. This is the maximum benefit within a 52-week period.|
How to File a Claim
Please contact Cigna at 1 (888) 842-4462, to file your claim telephonically.
Please contact the University Benefits office, at (914) 923-2828 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, for information regarding the procedure for filing your claim or for questions regarding salary and benefits continuation during your medically certified disability leave.
For all full-time employees (with the exception of tenured faculty members), if Short-Term Disability benefits exhaust after 26 weeks, and you are still unable to return to work due to disability (following the maximum of 26 weeks of leave), you may elect to file for Long-Term Disability (LTD) benefits (if eligible); however, regardless of approval or eligibility for LTD, your position will no longer be held and your employment with Pace University will end. If you are subsequently able to return to work, following your separation from the University, you may apply for any open position for which you are professionally qualified; however, your application will proceed through the standard competitive hiring process.