This message is from the School District Benefits Administration regarding PEBT LTD eligibility and JEIS referrals Reminders. Please read carefully and contact them with any questions you may have.
As more unionized support staff may be considering a leave of absence due to COVID-19, please see the following reminders.
1. Unpaid LOA and LTD eligibility
A Member’s PEBT long term disability (LTD) coverage ends on the 32nd day of an unpaid leave of absence (LOA).
This means if a Member becomes disabled after this date while on unpaid leave, they would not be eligible for LTD benefits. The Member’s LTD coverage would restart only after they return to work, and complete the waiting period of three (3) consecutive months of active employment.
This applies only to an unpaid LOA, and does not apply if the Member is on paid leave, or is on maternity, paternity or compassionate care leave. The 32 days are calculated based on calendar days, not only working days, and summer months are excluded for 10 month workers.
Please advise Members of this before they take an unpaid LOA.
2. JEIS referrals
As per the attached memo, if a Member is self-isolating due to COVID-19 but is not injured or ill, then a Joint Early Intervention Services (JEIS) referral is not required. However, if the status of the Member’s health is unclear, or if the Member does not return to work following the expected isolation period, then please refer the Member to JEIS.
Please contact your Healthcare Management Specialist (HCMS) at Desjardins if you have any questions. Or contact the Public Education Benefits Trust (PEBT) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some FAQ’s from March 30 2020: