Disability Claims

GW provides options for income replacement if you are unable to work due to a disability for a defined period of time.

Note that disabilities due to occupational injuries or illnesses are not covered under the university’s short term disability plans therefore those situations need to be reported to the Risk Management department  for consideration of Worker’s Compensation.

Employment Status and Short-term and Long-term Disability

IApproval of Short-Term or Long-Term Disability benefits does not guarantee continued employment.  You must still follow applicable university policies for approval of job-protected leave, such as Family and Medical Leave (FMLA).  If you believe you are a qualified individual with a disability, you may also request a reasonable accommodation to allow you to perform the essential functions of your position which may include a period of job-protected leave. Should your job-protected leave end while you are approved for LTD benefits, and you are unable to return to work, your employment at the university will be separated no later than the date your job protected leave ends.

If the LTD carrier managing your LTD claim determines that you are able to work, with or without reasonable accommodation, and you are interested in re-employment with the university, you are welcome to apply and compete for any position that interests you. For information on job openings, please visit the GW Jobs website at https://www.gwu.jobs/ or contact Human Resources Management and Development at 202-994-8500. If you believe that you may need a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, or after being selected for a position in order to perform the essential functions of the position, please contact the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Employee Relations at (202) 994-9656 or [email protected].

State Disability Programs

CaliforniaHawaiiNew JerseyNew YorkRhode Island and Puerto Rico have state-mandated disability insurance programs. Employees who work in these states who are also approved for short term disability through the university may have the short term disability benefit reduced by the eligible level of benefit provided by the state-mandated program. For additional details regarding these state disability programs, please visit the individual state websites. 

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