The following sample policy was excerpted from The Book of Company Policies, published by HR Specialist, © 2007. Edit for your organization's purposes.
“Short-term: The company provides a short-term disability benefit to eligible employees with a medically certified disability (a signed note from your doctor certifying that you are medically disabled and unable to return to work is a ‘medically certified disability’). To be eligible for this benefit, you must be a full-time employee with one year of continuous service. Eligible employees may take a period of up to 60 days’ paid leave under this benefit. Short-term disability leave runs subsequent to your sick leave. Once you exhaust your short-term disability benefits, there is a one-year waiting period until you will again be eligible for short-term disability.
“Long-term: The company provides a long-term disability policy. This policy takes effect on the 91st day of absence from the company.”
Although theAct requires employers to provide unpaid leave for an employee’s serious health condition or that of a family member, your company may also wish to provide paid disability leave. Make sure you have a written policy to ensure consistency. Specify who is eligible, how long the leave may last, and how the disability leave relates to sick leave. Consider distinguishing between short-term and long-term leave, for which you will probably want an insurance policy.