Short-Term Disability

Short-Term Disability insurance provides income protection if you are unable to work due to illness, injury, or other disability (including pregnancy/childbirth).

Important notice Regarding Pregnancy/Childbirth

To be eligible for birth recovery leave faculty, staff, and bargaining unit members must have been continuously employed in a full- or part-time position for at least a year.  Birth recovery leave begins after the birth has taken place and does not cover pre-birth leave should your physician require that you be placed on restricted work, bed rest, or other pregnancy-related limitation before delivery. For coverage, you may want to consider electing short term disability.


Full-time faculty, staff, and LIUNA bargaining unit employees have the opportunity to purchase Short-Term Disability insurance upon hire or becoming newly benefits eligible. You may elect or drop Short-Term Disability coverage during annual enrollment.

About the Program

Short-Term Disability benefits begin after the 14th consecutive day of illness and continue for up to 11 weeks provided you remain disabled and unable to work. The plan will pay 60% of your weekly base earnings, not to exceed $2,500 per week, for an eligible absence. Accrued sick and vacation leave must be used to supplement Short-Term Disability. Your benefits may be reduced if you are receiving other disability benefits such as Workers’ Compensation or Social Security.

View the Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Policy for Deans, Faculty and Senior Staff , Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Policy for Support Staff and Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Policy for LIUNA Bargaining Unit for more information.

How to Request

If you need to report a Short-Term Disability, there are several steps you need to follow:

  • Contact your manager
  • Call Lincoln Financial at 1-888-246-4483 or go to (register using company code JHUEE). For further details on how or when to report a claim, refer to Reporting a Short-Term Disability Claim

If you have questions regarding your leave of absence and FMLA, please contact your central or departmental HR office.