Faculty Sickness and Disability Program (FSDP)

The Faculty Sickness and Disability Program (FSDP) is a disability plan administered by the university that provides eligible faculty members income protection if the employee cannot work because of a non-work-related or work-related injury, illness or other medical condition. The program pays an income during periods of short-term disability.

The Faculty Sickness and Disability Program (FSDP) will provide faculty members who are not enrolled in the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) with 26 weeks (6 months or 1,040 hours) of paid leave per leave year (January 10 – January 9) for the faculty member’s medical inability to work. FSDP hours reset at the beginning of each leave year (January 10). In the event an extended leave of absence for medical reasons is anticipated or if a sudden medical leave of absence in excess of ten business days occurs, a consultation with Human Resources should be scheduled. A physician’s statement verifying inability to work (and date the employee is expected to return) will be required to initiate a FSDP claim.

Faculty members employed prior to January 10, 2020 and who were not enrolled in VSDP received a one-time allotment of one week (40 hours) of leave for each year of State service. These additional hours, referred to as the Faculty Sickness and Disability Credit (FSC), will reside in a reserve/bank and may be used to extend the 26 weeks of faculty member’s medical leave. The 26 weeks of FSDP must be used first. Reserve/bank hours are a one-time allotment and do not reset each year. FSC hours can be used until they are exhausted. 

FSDP and FSC hours are entered and tracked by Human Resources and reflected in MyMadison and Manager Self-Service.

Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP)

The Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) is a disability plan administered by the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) that provides eligible employees income protection if the employee cannot work because of a non-work-related or work-related injury, illness or other medical condition. VSDP benefits include:

  • Sick leave*
  • Family and personal leave*
  • Short-term and long-term disability coverage
  • Long-term care coverage
  • Transitional, medical rehabilitation and vocational rehabilitation plans to help you return to work if you are able

*Available Sick leave and Family/Personal leave hours are found in the VSDP Handbook, Faculty use these hours to supplement income when applicable during VSDP claims.

Classified staff in Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Plan 1, VRS Plan 2 or the Hybrid Retirement Plan, the State Police Officers’ Retirement System (SPORS) or the Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System (VaLORS), are enrolled automatically in the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) upon employment.

Faculty members who elect VRS as their retirement program can choose VSDP as their disability coverage. Faculty Sickness and Disability (FSDP) hours will supplement VSDP claims to restore pay to 100% when the VSDP claim is at 60% or 80% income replacement level.

*Faculty members that elect the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) or elect VRS but opt-out of VSDP, will have coverage through the Faculty Sickness and Disability Program (FSDP).

*State employees in VRS Plan 1 hired before January 1, 1999 who did not elect VSDP during one of two open enrollment periods offered in 1999 and 2002 are not eligible for VSDP. These employees are in what is considered the traditional sick leave.

 

UNUM Long-term Disability Income Protection

Faculty members that elected the ORP or elected VRS, but chose to participate in peer coverage can purchase UNUM long-term disability coverage. Classified employees in Plan 1 hired before January 1, 1999 who did not elect to participate in VSDP can also purchase UNUM Long-term disability coverage.

UNUM Long-term disability coverage is income replacement in a situation where the employee is considered disabled. Employees can elect 25%, 40%, or 50% of their earnings to supplement income. The cost of UNUM long-term disability is based on the employee’s age and salary. If the employee enrolls within the first 60 days of employment an evidence of insurability is not required. If the employee does not elect to enroll in UNUM, there is an open enrollment period that occurs every even year in the spring.

If you have questions about the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program you may contact a Human Resources Benefits Specialist or email benefits@jmu.edu.

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