A person is eligible for short term disability if they are suffering from something that makes them unable to work. This suffering can stem from sickness or an injury.
There are two specific requirements that need to be filled before an employee receives short term disability benefits. One of the requirements is that the employee works for a company for a specific amount of time. The amount of time needed to be eligible for short term disability varies between employers. The second requirement is that the person is a full time employee.
Some of the benefits that are included in short term disability include, payment of anywhere between 50 and 70 percent of the weekly salary of the employee and a duration of up to 26 weeks of short term disability benefits.
Short term disability coverage can be provided in several ways, either through the company the employee works, an insurance company covering disability or a plan that the employer funds themselves.
It is important to note that different states have different rules on the specifics of short term disability coverage, such as duration, weekly salary and eligibility. Contact your short term disability coverage provider to get specific information on what makes you eligible for coverage.