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Short Term Hourly

Q. 
Can I request vacation pay while on short term disability?
A. 
Office Hourly and Plant Hourly Exception associates can apply for vacation pay, if available, for the seven (7) day elimination period for the Short Term Disability plan.  Vacation time cannot be used for the balance of the medical leave.
Q. 
Who is eligible to participate in the plan?
A. 
All regular, full-time, active hourly associates who have completed their 90 day benefits probationary period are eligible to participate in the hourly short term disability plan.  This plan is insured and administered by Prudential Insurance Company.
Q. 
How much are the premiums?
A. 
This plan is provided to hourly associates at no cost for the base short term disability benefit of $225 per week for a maximum period of 12 weeks.  There is an optional buy-up benefit of $100 additional coverage or $150 additional coverage.  Effective January 1, 2017, the weekly premium for the $100 buy-up is $1.72 per week, and the weekly premium for the $150 buy-up is $2.73 per week.
Q. 
How long can I receive short term disability benefits?
A. 
Once your disability leave is approved by Prudential, the maximum benefit period is 12 weeks for a non-work related injury or illness. 
Q. 
How do I file a claim?
A. 
A claim can be submitted by calling Prudential at 1-877-778-7429 and speaking with a Customer Service Representative.  This procedure will speed the collection of claim information from you, your doctor and your employer.  The following information will be needed for your claim submission:   1) Company name; 2) Policy number 45446; 3) Name and social security number; 4) Date of birth; 5) Job title; 6) Doctor’s name and telephone number; 7) A brief description of your medical condition; 8) Your last day worked and first day out due to this condition; and 9) Date you expect to return to work.
Q. 
Do any deductions come out of my disability pay?
A. 
Yes.  Your check for the base benefit of $225 will be subject to income taxes.  Prudential issues this payment and will withhold applicable income taxes.  If you elect the optional buy-up short term disability benefit, no taxes are withheld from this portion of the payment since this benefit is paid by you with after-tax dollars. 
Q. 
How do I pay benefit premiums while I’m on a medical leave of absence?
A. 
If you are enrolled in any benefits that require you to pay your premiums through payroll deductions (such as the short term disability buy-up benefit) you will receive a Benefits Billing Statement.  You are responsible for paying these benefit premiums each month while out on a short or long term disability leave of absence.
Q. 
Can I stay out all 12 weeks?
A. 
When your doctor releases you to return to work based on a medical assessment, your leave will end and you will be expected to return to work.  When your leave ends, your disability payments from Prudential will stop. Contact your HR Manager for procedures regarding returning to work.
Q. 
What happens if I’m out longer than 12 weeks?
A. 
As an hourly associate, you may have elected Optional Long Term Disability coverage through Prudential. If you are enrolled in this plan and your leave extends past 12 weeks, you may be eligible for long term disability benefits if approved by Prudential. Please refer to the Hourly Long Term Disability Plan section for more details.