Graduated Return to Work from Long-Term Disability (LTD)

Graduated Return to Work from Long-Term Disability (LTD)

What is a graduated return to work from LTD?

 

When you are ready to return to work from LTD, your medical team may feel it is best to start below your regular FTE and increase your workload gradually. With appropriate medical documentation, a graduated return to work plan can be in effect for a maximum of two years.

See Collective Agreement Section 51.19

What is a graduated return to work from LTD?

 

What will my salary be during a graduated return to work from LTD?

 

Your salary will be 90% of your regular salary before LTD and after tax withholdings. The insurer continues to pay 80% of your regular salary after tax withholdings and UVic pays the balance up to 90%. This formula applies regardless of the FTE status you are assigned at each phase of your graduated return to work plan.

What will my salary be during a graduated return to work from LTD?

 

How is a graduated return to work plan designed?

 

The graduated return to work plan is designed by Human Resources in consultation with you and your supervisor and should be consistent with your medical documentation. We recommend that you invite a Faculty Association Membership Services Advisor to participate in these discussions.

The plan will be designed to increase duties and/or workload gradually.

How is a graduated return to work plan designed

 

What is my FTE status during the graduated return to work plan?

 

You will be assigned an FTE status during the graduated return to work plan, which may change as duties increase. However, your salary remains the same regardless of FTE status. For instructors, Human Resources normally calculates FTE status based on number of courses taught. Therefore, workload may increase without changing FTE status. For instance, an instructor may teach a seminar the first term and a lecture course the second term. FTE status would remain the same, but in practice workload may be greater.

A plan may change depending on your health.

Medical documentation may be requested periodically.

What is my FTE status during the graduated return to work plan?

 

How does a graduated return to work plan affect pension contributions and Study Leave eligibility?

 

Pension contributions resume and are based on your FTE status.

Time on a graduated return to work plan counts as a percentage towards Study Leave. For example, twelve months at FTE 0.5 counts as six eligible months towards your Study Leave.

How does a graduated return to work plan affect pension contributions and Study Leave eligibility?

 

Can I have an accommodation during a graduated return to work plan?

 

Yes. When medical documentation supports the need, you may have an accommodation during a graduated return to work and, if needed, after you are fully off LTD and back to your regular FTE status.

Can I have an accommodation during a graduated return to work plan?

 

My doctor authorized me to return to work without a graduated return to work period. Am I required to take a graduated return to work?

 

If you have medical authorization to return to work without a graduated return, you may do so.

The University and the insurer may request additional documentation.

My doctor authorized me to return to work without a graduated return to work period. Am I required to take a graduated return to work?

 

Am I still on LTD during my graduated return to work plan?

 

Yes, you are still technically on LTD. Time on a graduated return to work plan does not count towards your reappointment, tenure, or salary evaluations.

Am I still on LTD during my graduated return to work plan?

 

What happens to my salary after I have finished the graduated return to work and am off LTD?

 

Upon ending a graduated return to work plan or upon returning to work from LTD without a graduated return, your salary is adjusted according to the Procedures of the Vice-President Academic and Provost Regarding Salary Adjustments After Long-Term Disability. This document provides an appeals process should you disagree with the salary adjustment. If you choose to appeal, a Faculty Association Membership Services Advisor can assist you.

What happens to my salary after I have finished the graduated return to work and am off LTD?

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