A disabling illness or injury can result in severe financial concerns for you and your family. Georgetown University automatically enrolls those who are eligible in disability coverage. These plans are designed to replace a portion of your income if you are unable to work due to a non-work related illness or injury.
Effective July 1, 2020, MetLife became the disability administrator for Georgetown University. Claims in progress prior to July 1, 2020 continue to be managed by The Hartford.
Short Term Disability
For Staff (including members of SEIU).
Short Term Disability benefits replace up to 100% of your income in the event you become unable to work due to an injury, illness, or other medical scenario such as a scheduled surgery or birth of a child (new window).
Before you can begin receiving these benefits, you must first satisfy a 15 workday waiting period.
For AAPs and Faculty.
Salary Continuance benefits replace 100% of your income in the event you become unable to work due to an injury, illness, or other medical scenario such as a scheduled surgery or birth of a child (new window).
There is no waiting period for benefits under this plan.
Long Term Disability
For all benefits-eligible employees.
Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits begin after you are unable to work, due to an illness or injury, for 90 calendar days. The benefit begins after a three month waiting period and is coordinated with Salary Continuance or Short Term Disability and any salary, wages, earnings or other plan benefits. The plan provides a benefit of 60% of base pay (tax-free) up to a maximum paid benefit.
For staff and AAPs: For claims that occur on or after July 1, 2020 call MetLife at 1-866-729-9201 or log on to metlife.com/mybenefits (new window).
Additional Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave (FMLA) & Worker’s Compensation
The Family and Medical Leave Act provides unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family member and medical reasons to eligible employees in accordance with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, as amended (“Federal FMLA”), the District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Act (“DC FMLA”), and other applicable law.
The Office of Risk Management handles the University’s Workers’ Compensation claims, and Geta Wold in Risk Management can be reached at (202) 687-6627. Please refer to HR Policy 613, Injury On The Job and Workers’ Compensation.
D.C. Paid Family Leave
Benefits under DC’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) Program are administered directly through the Department of Employment Services. Benefits are provided for qualifying reasons such as medical leave for a serious health condition, leave to care for a family member’s serious health condition or parental leave. The maximum amount of leave for any combination of parental, family, and medical leave is 8 weeks. However, there is an exception for pregnant employees who take prenatal leave. Pregnant employees are eligible for 2 weeks of prenatal leave while pregnant and 8 weeks of parental leave after giving birth, for a maximum of ten weeks. You can learn more and apply for these benefits at dcpaidfamilyleave.dc.gov.
All Georgetown leave policies run concurrently with DC’s PFL plan whenever possible. This means that your GU benefit will be reduced by the amount you are eligible to receive from DC. See how DC PFL coordinates with GU’s disability benefits for AAPs, Staff, Faculty.
Paid Time Off
Georgetown University grants to eligible staff and AAP employees paid leave for rest and recreation; personal reasons; health maintenance; illness, injury or disability; family and medical leave; sick and safe leave; religious observances; emergencies or other events. Refer to HR Policy #602 (Staff) and #612 (AAP) for more details.