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Sample Policy: Disablity Leave

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The following sample policy was excerpted from The Book of Company Policies, published by HR Specialist, © 2007. Edit for your organization's purposes.

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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.”

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POLICY CONSIDERATIONS:

 

Although the Family and Medical Leave Act 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.

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