Faculty & Staff Disability Benefits


For When It's Needed

Stanford provides a variety of disability benefits depending on the length and type of disability. Stanford's disability plans are administered by Liberty Mutual. Check out our brochures on disability on the right side of this screen under Resources.

Voluntary Disability Insurance (VDI) (Short Term)

If you work in California, Stanford automatically enrolls you in the short-term Voluntary Disability Insurance (VDI)VDI Statement of Coverage
Brief summary of short-term disability plan available for California employees at Stanford.
plan starting on your date of hire. If you work and reside outside of California, you are covered by a similar Short-Term Disability plan2015 Short Term Disability (STD) Plan Summary
Complete plan document for short-term disability for employees residing outside the state of California.
. These plans pay a benefit if you are unable to work due to a non-work related illness or injury as well as maternity.

Family Temporary Disability Insurance

Family Temporary Disability (FTD) insurance provides a benefit to eligible employees who take an approved leave of absence to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. This program is intended to provide partial income replacement during what would otherwise be unpaid leave. FTD does not create additional leave rights or guarantee job retention. It is a component of Stanford's Voluntary Disability Insurance (VDI) plan and State Disability Insurance (SDI).

Learn more about Family Leave and Disability.

State Disability Insurance

You may choose to reject automatic enrollment in Stanford's VDI plan and instead enroll in California State Disability Insurance (SDI). You must complete a VDI Rejection NoticeVDI Rejection Form
Allows someone to change from the Stanford short-term disability insurance plan (VDI) to the plan offered by the state of California (SDI).
and submit it to your Payroll Department. You may always return to the VDI plan as long as you complete a SDI Rejection NoticeSDI Rejection Form
Allows someone to change from the California short-term disability insurance plan (SDI) to the Stanford plan (VDI).
. For more info on SDI, visit California's Employment Development Department Website.

Long-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability (LTD)Long-Term Disability (LTD) Plan Summary (Current through 2014)
Complete plan document from provider (Liberty Mutual) for Stanford Long Term Disability (LTD) insurance coverage.
insurance pays a monthly benefit in the event of long-term illness or injury. There is a 90-day waiting period before benefits begin, and the plan pays up to two-thirds of your monthly income. You do not need to enroll for this plan; your coverage is automatic and provided at no cost to you. The benefits under this plan are taxable, plus other forms of income may reduce the LTD benefits you receive.