October 06, 2020

Kim Jones Speaks with Bloomberg Law about Short-Term Leave Options for Employees

Bloomberg Law reports that many individuals with persisting symptoms from COVID-19 may still be too sick to work full time or in person.

In the article “‘My Brain’s Not as Sharp’: COVID Woes Stalk Workers Back on Job,” the legal industry publication looked at what accommodations should be made by employers for these individuals. Bloomberg Law turned to benefits and executive compensation partner Kim Jones for insight on short-term leave options.

Jones told the publication that short-term disability insurance may be an option if an employee has a disabling condition due to COVID-19 that prevents them from performing the material duties of their job. It’s a common employee benefit, she added.

Short-term disability typically lasts 26 weeks and covers 60 100% of the employee’s salary. The amount is determined by the employer. If the employee is still disabled when the short-term disability benefits expire, long-term disability insurance may be an option.

Again, the amount of salary covered by long-term disability is determined by the employer or the policy offered by the insurer, but it’s usually 60% 70%, Jones said.

The employer also determines how long it lasts, but most allow it to be paid through age 65.

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