Disability Leave (Short-Term and Long-Term)

Title: Disability Leave
Approved by
Date Approved:
Effective Date: 06/03/2019
Responsible Official: Vice President of Human Resources
Responsible University Office: HR Benefits Office
Revision History: N/A
Related Legislation and University policies
Review Period: 5 years
Date of Last Review
Relates to: executive staff, senior staff, and staff employees who have successfully completed orientation
Exclusions: executive staff, senior staff, staff employees who have not successfully completed orientation; and term employees

Policy Statement

The university provides for short-term and long-term disability coverage.

Short-Term Disability

Short-term disability is only available to staff employees. Executive staff and senior staff employees are excluded.

After an eligible staff employee has been on medical leave for fourteen (14) consecutive days, they may qualify for short-term disability. Employee must first exhaust all accrued sick and vacation time before beginning short-term disability. Short-term disability pays 50 percent of salary, up to a maximum of $400 per week. The benefit covers up to 26 weeks of disability. Staff are eligible after 90 days of service.  

Long-Term Disability

Long-term disability is available to all executive staff, senior staff, and staff employees who have completed orientation, after being on leave for six (6) months. 


Information about short-term or long-term disability coverage and eligibility is online at https://case.edu/hr/benefits/disability.

Employees should contact the Human Resources Department by email at AskHR@case.edu, by phone at 216-368-6964, or in person at Crawford Hall, Room 320 with any additional questions.


Once an employee commences an unpaid leave that does not fall under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Absences and Leave, they are eligible to continue benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). The employee is responsible for arranging for Benelect continuation.

Benefits Restoration

If an employee returns to work from an unpaid leave on the first work day of the month, their benefits are reinstated effective that day. If the employee’s return to work is after the first work day of the month, their benefits are reinstated effective the first day of the following month.