Virginia Sick and Disability Program (VSDP)

Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP)

DHRM Policy 4.57 – Virginia Sickness and Disability Program
Virginia Sickness and Disability Program Handbook

All classified employees hired on or after January 1, 1999, are enrolled in VSDP. The chief purpose of this program is to provide income replacement to employees when they are unable to work because of short-term or long-term illness or disability. The program also provides:

  • Return-to-work services,
  • Paid sick leave time of up to 80 hours per year, based on months of state service, to be used for the employee’s own short occasions of sickness/ injury or for personal doctor visits,
  • Paid leave time of up to 40 hours per year for other family and personal reasons, and
  • A long-term care component.

Eligible employees may use up to 33% of their available sick leave balance for absences for family illness or disability that are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Disability Insurance – UMW

This section applies to A/P Faculty only.

If an A/P Faculty who is not covered by VSDP is absent from work for six continuous months due to a medically disabling condition, the employee is then covered by the University’s short-term disability policy*.  The disability policy will pay up to 60 percent of the employee’s annual salary and will continue to pay as long as the employee is totally disabled; the length of the benefit is based on age..  If the disability is deemed to be permanent, employees under traditional VRS can apply for disability retirement.

*A/P Faculty who chose VSDP should refer to the corresponding policy.  For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources, AA/EEO.

Voluntary Long-Term Care Insurance

The Commonwealth of Virginia offers long-term care insurance to eligible employees, retirees and certain family members under a contract awarded to a third-party vendor.  Long-term care typically provides assistance when necessary to accomplish normal activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing and getting in and out of bed.  This is an optional benefit, which an employee may choose to purchase through payroll deduction.

At this time, no new contracts are being issued.  An update will be issued when new contracts are being accepted.