Disability Insurance

Macalester provides the following insurance in the event of a qualifiying disability.

Short Term Disability Insurance

Contact Employment Services for enrollment and enrollment changes.

  • Optional/ employee paid
  • Macalester staff employees only (non-faculty)
    Faculty see short term emergency leave
  • Coverage for a period of less than 90 days of disability

Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Standard for all .75 FTE or greater employees
  • Fully Macalester paid
  • Coverage for a period of greater than 90 days of disability

Short-Term Disability

Macalester offers staff members an optional short‐term disability plan through Sun Life Financial. Staff Members with a .5 FTE and above are eligible for this benefit.  This plan is paid by you and intended to cover qualifying disabilities due to accidents and illnesses off the job. This plan provides total and partial disability protection (as defined in the contract) and is portable with the benefits not integrated with other income sources. Short Term Disability plan highlights include:

You can design your own benefit to meet your needs:

  • Select the duration of coverage.  Options are: 12 weeks, 11 weeks or 9 weeks
  • Select coverage up to 60% of your basic weekly earnings in increments of $10.  Maximum benefits are $1,500 per week. 
  • Select the amount of time disabled before the benefit starts.  Options are: 8 days, 15 days or 30 days.

Employee Premiums

  • The premiums for this benefit are paid by you and are deducted from your paycheck through payroll deduction.
  • Calculate your cost by dividing your weekly benefit by 10 and multiplying the result by the rate found in the chart below.  Follow the example below to determine your monthly cost.
  Choice 1 Choice 2 Choice 3
Benefit Period 12 weeks 11 weeks 9 weeks
Benefit Maximum 60% 60% 60%
Benefit start 8th day 15th day 30th day
your agerateraterate
0-24 $.652 $.458 $.174
25-29 $.688 $.514 $.247
30-34 $.570 $.426 $.194
35-39 $.422 $.325 $.142
40-44 $.305 $.244 $.107
45-49 $.325 $.263 $.117
50-54 $.394 $.319 $.142
55-59 $.507 $.403 $.181
60-64 $.609 $.477 $.215
65-69 $.651 $.544 $.248
70+ $.640 $.574 $.265

Calculate Your Monthly Premium

Weekly Benefit

(60% of earnings)
Divided by 10 Multiplied by rate = Monthly cost
$350 /10 = 35 x $0.40 = $14.00

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Long-Term Disability Insurance

Macalester provides long‐term disability (LTD) insurance for you through Sun Life Insurance Company. Macalester pays 100% of the premium for you. Employees with full-time employee benefit status (0.75 FTE or greater) are automatically enrolled in the LTD program.

Long-Term Disability Plan Highlights

  • Benefit waiting period is 90 days.
  • Benefit amount is 60% of monthly earnings to $10,000 maximum per month (non-CBU employees). This amount could be reduced by deductible sources of income and disability earnings.
  • Benefit for employees under a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is 66 2/3% of monthly salary.
  • Benefit duration is to age 67 when a qualifying disability occurs before age 62. Disabilities occurring after age 62 have limited benefit durations. Your certificate contains more detailed information.
  • Some disabilities may not be covered and some disabilities may have limited coverage under this plan. Refer to your certificate for more information about plan limitations and exclusions.
  • Rehabilitation and Return to Work Assistance: When you participate in this program as a disabled employee, an additional 10% of your gross disability payment may be paid to you up to $1,000 maximum per month.
  • Dependent Care Expense Benefit: While participating in the Rehabilitation and Return to Work Assistance program, you may receive additional payments to cover certain dependent care expenses.

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