SHORT TERM DISABILITY

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800-213-1531
Lincoln Financial Website

Dartmouth offers short-term and long-term disability benefits to regular, benefits eligible full-time and part-time employees working 20+ hours per week and 9 months annually. Dartmouth's disability plans are administered by Lincoln Financial Group (formerly Liberty Mutual).

IMPORTANT
INFORMATION
RELATED
LINKS
DISABILITY
FORMS
information
Understanding the benefit
Initiating a Claim
Expecting or Adopting a Child?
link
Long Term Disability
mylibertyconnection.com
Paid Parental Leave
FMLA

 

forms
Supplemental Pay Request Form

 UNDERSTANDING THE BENEFIT

SHORT TERM DISABILITY

In the event you are unable to work due to a disability, a claim for short-term disability plan can be initiated by contacting Lincoln Financial Group at 1-800-213-1531, to speak with an intake specialist or on their website at Lincoln Financial Group

IMPORTANT KEY POINTS

  • The "elimination period" is defined as the number of consecutive work days the employee would need to be totally disabled before the STD benefit would begin to pay. 
  • The "date of disability" is defined as the first day the employee is unable to perform the duties of their job due to illness or injury. In the event an employee works one half of their normal work day, the "date of disability" would begin on the following day.
  • The "date of benefit" is defined as the first day an employee would be eligible to recieve STD pay replacement, following the required elimination period.
  • Regular, benefits eligible, employees must be absent from work for the required elimination period based on employment classification; Exempt, Non-Exempt, SEIU.
  • STD benefit pay replacement will not begin until the STD claim has been approved by Lincoln Financial Group.  In the event the claim has not been approved, by the end of the "elimination period", the employee may elect to use available accrued time to supplement their pay or take the time unpaid.  Once the claim is approved, the employee will receive retroactive STD pay and receive credit for any accrued time off used.
  • Retroactive applications for short-term disability submitted to Liberty Mutual after the employee has returned to work, will be denied.

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY

Disability benefits are determined by your employment status of Non-Exempt (Non-Union), Exempt and SEIU as outlined below:

NON-EXEMPT

  • Week 1: elimination period; required to use available personal and or vacation time.  If no time available, then time is unpaid.
  • Weeks 2-8: paid at 100% by STD benefit
  • Weeks 9-26: paid at 60% by STD benefit*

*Note: You have the ability to supplement the 60% benefit with unused available personal and/or vacation time.  Discuss with your Benefits Administrator.

Expecting a baby, click here

EXEMPT AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATE B'S

  • Weeks 1 & 2: elimination period; paid at 100% by the department.
  • Weeks 3-8: paid at 100% by STD benefit
  • Weeks 9-26:  paid at 60% by STD benefit*

*Note: You have the ability to supplement the 60% benefit with unused available personal and/or vacation time. Discuss with your Benefits Administrator.

Expecting a baby, click here

FACULTY
Please refer to the faculty handbook

SEIU EMPLOYEES
Please refer to your union contract.  Expecting a baby, click here.

FEDERAL FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA)

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), is a federal law that provides job and benefit protection for certain qualifying leaves of absence. If you are a qualified employee under the FMLA, meaning that you have worked for Dartmouth College for at least one year and worked a total of 1,250 in the previous 12-month period prior to the commencement of the leave, Dartmouth provides up to 12 weeks of protected leave. Dartmouth College policy is that FML runs concurrently with your short-term disability leave. If your FML begins with a claim for short term disability (excluding maternity leave), you will need to complete an FML Application and an FML Medical Certification form

For more information on FMLA click here.

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