Long Term Disability

Emory offers a Long Term Disability (LTD) benefit through UNUM to provide an income in the event you become disabled due to an injury or illness that is not work-related.

About LTD Coverage

With LTD coverage, you can receive a benefit equal to 60% of your base salary in the event you are unable to work due to a non-work-related injury or illness.

There is a 180-day elimination period. Emory’s LTD coverage has a monthly maximum benefit of $15,000. It is automatically provided after you have completed one year of service in a benefits-eligible status.

The 60% salary benefit is taxable to the recipient as LTD is employer paid.

Additional Options

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Option

A feature within the LTD program is the ability for you to elect the COLA option. COLA builds in a 4% annual increase to the level of your LTD benefits when your disability under the LTD plan lasts more than a year.

The COLA adjustment is to keep the level of your disability payments/income in pace with inflation. COLA premiums are deducted from your paycheck after taxes.

COLA benefits received while on LTD are not subject to federal or state income tax. COLA is optional and is 100% employee paid. Enroll when you are initially eligible, otherwise you must complete an Evidence of Insurability (EOI) form and be approved by UNUM.

Supplemental Income Protection (SIP) Option

Another feature within the LTD program is the ability for you to “buy up” and increase the level of income that is protected and paid as a benefit should a long term disability occur.

Emory provides LTD coverage at 60% of your base salary; SIP provides the ability for you to purchase an additional 15%, making the total income replacement benefit 75% while you are disabled. In that you pay in full the cost to “buy up” under the SIP feature, the additional coverage or benefit payments related to SIP are tax free. SIP protection is also portable in the event you leave Emory.

You must enroll when you are initially eligible during the first Benefits Annual Enrollment period after completing one year of service. Enrollment is only offered one time.

Eligibility

Regular full-time or part-time employees scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week are eligible after one year of employment.

Temporary employees are not eligible.

For full-time faculty and board approved executives, coverage begins immediately.

For staff, part-time faculty and post-docs, coverage begins one year after eligibility unless you had LTD coverage for five years by a qualified plan of a previous employer. Documentation of the previous coverage must be provided to the Benefits and Work Life Department to have the one year requirement waived.

Cost

Long Term Disability

Long Term Disability is funded by Emory at 100% so there is no cost to you.

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Option

To determine the cost of the COLA option:

  • If you are paid monthly, divide your annual salary by 12 months, then multiply it by 0.0012 to get a monthly premium.
  • If you are paid bi-weekly, multiply your hourly rate by 2080, then multiply the total by 0.0012 and divide by 24 to get your bi-weekly premium.

Examples:

  • For a full-time monthly paid employee:
    Annual Salary: $40,000
    Divide by 12 months: $3,333
    Multiply by 0.0012: $4.00
    Monthly Premium = $4.00

  • For a full-time biweekly paid employee:
    Hourly Rate: $18.00
    Multiply by 2080 hours: $37,440
    Multiply by 0.0012
    Divide by 24 pay periods: $1.87
    Biweekly Premium = $1.87

Supplemental Income Protection (SIP) Option

UNUM will provide rate information along with enrollment information prior to your enrollment period.

How to Enroll

No enrollment is necessary for Long Term Disability. It is automatically provided after you have completed one year of service in a benefits-eligible status.

If you are a new hire and had LTD coverage for five years by a qualified plan of a previous employer, you can waive the one year service requirement. Documentation of the previous coverage must be provided to the Benefits and Work Life Department.

To enroll in the COLA option

You must enroll in COLA within 31 days of eligibility. If you do not enroll within 31 days of eligibility and would like coverage at a later date, you must wait for the annual enrollment period and provide an Evidence of Insurability (EOI). The EOI is subject to approval by UNUM. Download COLA Enrollment Form.

To enroll in the SIP option

You must enroll in SIP when you are initially eligible during the first benefits annual enrollment period after completing one year of service. Enrollment is only offered one time. Visit the UNUM Supplemental Income Protection website or call 800-421-0344 for more information.

Enroll in SIP Option

How to Submit a Claim

When you qualify to begin receiving Long Term Disability benefits (including COLA and SIP), you must submit a UNUM Disability Claim Form. The form must be completed by you, your physician and your manager. Mailing and faxing instructions are provided on the form.

You can also file a claim online (click Employees and Families and then click File a Claim):

File a Claim