4006.1 Support Staff-Benefits(Short/Long Term Disability)

POLICY NUMBER:                    4006.1                                      DATE APPROVED:    1988-11 

Policy 

The Board will ensure that employees have adequate benefit coverage while on Weekly Indemnity or Long Term Disability. 

Regulations: 

The Board will continue to pay its portion of existing* Medical and Dental coverage for those employees who are on Weekly Indemnity or Long Term Disability for a period of up to six months from the date disability coverage commenced.  If an employee remains on Long Term Disability after the above noted six month period and wishes to retain Medical and/or Dental coverage, full premium costs will be the responsibility of the employee.  Medical and Dental coverage may continue for a maximum of two years, providing full costs are paid by the employee. 

The Board will continue to pay its portion of existing* Extended Health and Travel Rider coverage for those employees who are on Weekly Indemnity or Long Term Disability for a period of up to two years from the date disability coverage commenced. 

*           “Existing” benefit coverage refers to the benefits the employee was carrying prior to commencement of Weekly Indemnity / Long Term Disability.

1.         Sick Leave and Vacation entitlement will accrue while on Weekly Indemnity but will not accrue while on Long Term Disability. 

2.         Life Insurance coverage will be continued for the duration of the disability.  The Board will pay the first six (6) months of premiums, after which time the benefit carrier will absorb the cost. 

3.         The employee will pay the physician’s fee for filling out all required forms while on Weekly Indemnity and the first required form while on Long Term Disability. The Board will pay the physician’s fee for filling out all additional required forms (other than the initial required form) while an employee is on Long Term Disability.

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