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: staff employees who have successfully completed orientation
Exclusions: executive staff; senior staff; staff 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

Exempt and non-exempt staff employees who are on an unpaid medical leave for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days may qualify for short-term disability benefits.

Employees must use all accrued sick time and vacation time prior to commencing an unpaid leave. They may use the leave in any order of preference.

Executive and senior staff are not eligible for short-term disability.

Long-Term Disability

All employees (executive staff, senior staff, and staff) are eligible for short-term and long-term disability 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.