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Questions about Extended Sick Time (EST)
All active benefits-eligible full-time and part-time staff including post doctoral fellows. For employees hired after January 1, a 37.5 hour workweek is the minimum to be considered full-time;18.75 hours/week is the minimum to be considered benefits-eligible part-time.
What is the cost of EST to me?
There is none. The University pays the full cost.
How long can I receive EST benefits?
After the seven-calendar-day elimination period, the plan will pay 100 percent of your salary for up to 26 weeks (this time period includes the elimination period).
Do I have to use all my vacation and sick time before going on EST for a personal health issue?
No. Extended Sick Time will be paid for an approved absence after a seven-calendar-day elimination period. Employees can use incidental sick and vacation time during this waiting period to continue getting paid.
What is considered a disability for Extended Sick Time?
How do I file an Extended Sick Time claim?
What else is required when I file a claim?
Contact your manager or supervisor to let him or her know about your absence from work.
What can I expect when I am on an Extended Sick Time claim?
– Call and speak to a representative during regular business hours (Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Central Time)
– Call and use the automated voice system available 24/7
– Go online to www.thehartfordatwork.com available 24/7
What do I need to do if something changes during my Extended Sick Time?
Is there a pre-existing condition provision for the EST program?
Do vacation and service accrue while staff are out on Extended Sick Time?
Yes, provided the EST has been approved by The Hartford.