Disability

There are a number of changes to the leave and disability benefits available to staff that will take effect July 1, 2022. View details here.

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 medical condition or injury. 

The following steps apply to employees who are applying for medical events that occur on or prior to June 30, 2022.

Call MetLife. Initiate your disability claim (short term disability for staff, salary continuance for AAP) by calling MetLife at 1-866-729-9201 30 days before your anticipated leave event (surgery, due date, etc.). Once MetLife has entered your claim into their system, you can check on its status at metlife.com/mybenefits.

Complete the FMLA Questionnaire. To see if you should also apply for unpaid job protection leave under FMLA, complete the FMLA Questionnaire and return it to fmla@georgetown.edu.

Apply for DC Paid Family Leave. If you are eligible, you should apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits from the District of Columbia (or your state of residence, if benefits are available). Any paid leave benefits that you are eligible to receive will offset the disability benefit you receive from Georgetown University. To apply for DC PFL, go to https://dcpaidfamilyleave.dc.gov/.

Inform your supervisor. Don’t forget to inform your supervisor of your upcoming disability leave 30 days in advance, if possible.

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.

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Salary Continuance

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.

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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.

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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.

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Worker’s Compensation

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.

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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. 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.

View the D.C. PFL Notice for Employees (new window) (Updated November 2021)

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.

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