The Catastrophic Leave Program provides financial assistance to eligible employees when they (or an immediate family member) experience an approved catastrophic illness or injury. A catastrophic illness or injury is an acute or prolonged illness or injury that is considered life-threatening, or has the threat of serious residual disability, which results in the employee’s inability to work. Each request to receive benefits is evaluated under the program guidelines and includes a medical review and determination.
If you are interested in additional insurance coverage for illness/injuries that might not meet Catastrophic Leave requirements, see information on short-term disability.
Who can be a Program Participant?
The Catastrophic Leave Program is participant funded. To be eligible for Catastrophic Leave benefits, you must:
- Be regular staff working half-time or more
- Complete a full year of continuous employment
- Donate the required amount of annual leave
- Meet the program requirements identified in the University Policies and Procedures Manual (UAP 3430, Catastrophic Leave Program).
- 6 hours for a full-time employee
- 3 hours for a part-time employee working 20 hours per week
What do I need to do to participate?
If you would like to participate in the program, no action is required.
How do I opt-out of the program?
If you would like to opt-out of participating entirely, you must opt-out in LoboWeb. An email will be sent on April 24, 2017, signifying that you may opt-out. The deadline to opt-out is midnight on May 2, 2017. You must opt-out via LoboWeb no later than May 2, 2017, otherwise, if you are eligible for the deduction it will be taken.
How much annual leave will be deducted?
For employees who donated to the program last year, the contribution will be one (1) hour.
For employees who did not donate to the program last year but are eligible to donate this year, the minimum donation is equivalent to 15% of an individual’s weekly work schedule, based on appointment percentage. The same would apply to individuals who were eligible last year but opted out. For example:
Participant contributions will be deducted from employee accounts on the following dates:
- May 19, 2017 paystub for non-exempt biweekly employees
- May 31, 2017 paystub for exempt monthly employees.
For additional details regarding Catastrophic Leave, visit the Catastrophic Leave page on the HR website.