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Short-Term Disability Leave Benefits for Support Staff

There will be occasions when support staff members find it necessary to be absent from work for an extended period for their own health reasons. In such times, regular full-time employees, who have completed at least one year of service with the college, may be eligible to participate in the short-term disability leave program.

There is a 10-working day waiting period before the paid short-term disability leave begins. Support staff employees are required to use accrued sick and vacation leave during this 10-day waiting period to maintain compensation. Paid short-term disability leave will begin on the 11th working day of the leave, and may continue for up to 24 weeks. Eligible employees need not take short-term disability leave all
at one time. Rather, the leave may be exhausted for multiple occurrences so long as the total amount of leave does not exceed 24 weeks in a three-year period (the ten day waiting period described above is waived for subsequent occurrences of the same condition). This paid leave is at 100% of the standard weekly hours budgeted for the employee. Employees will only be paid for a maximum of 48 weeks of short-term disability leave (two 24-week leaves) during their employment at Gettysburg College.

An affected support staff employee must provide the supervisor with a physician's note certifying that the employee is eligible for such leave and the projected date of return to work. The college reserves the right to follow up with the employee's physician or a physician of the College's choice as necessary, and to require the employee's cooperation in such process, to determine eligibility consistent with federal law. Paid leaves continue (for up to 24 weeks) until the physician releases the employee to return to work. An employee's supervisor must receive this release for work before the employee is allowed to return to work.

In some cases, a physician will allow an employee to return to work with restrictions. If an employee is released to work on a part-time basis, short term disability may not be used to supplement income. An employee may use accrued leave time (vacation or sick leave) to supplement part-time hours.

The supervisor is required to forward the physician's certification to the Human Resources Office for placement in the employee's personnel file. Contact the Human Resources Office for further details.