Partial Disability

The University of California’s Short-term and Supplemental Disability plans allow you to Stay At Work/Return to Work (SAW/RTW) on a part-time basis while still receiving partial disability benefits.

What is a Partial Disability?

“Partial Disability” or “Partially Disabled” means that as a result of the injury or sickness, you are:
Able to perform one or more, but not all, of the material and substantial duties of your own or any other occupation on a full time or a part time basis;
or Able to perform all of the material and substantial duties of your own or any other occupation only on a part-time basis.

If your disability continues for more than 12 months, the definition of partial disability changes. In this case, partial disability means you are unable to perform the material and substantial duties of any occupation for which you are qualified.

Who is Eligible for SAW/RTW?

You must be working no more than 80 percent of your regular schedule, or receiving no more than 80 percent of your pre-disability earnings to be considered eligible. Your benefits under the disability plan and from all other sources of income may not exceed 100 percent of your eligible earnings prior to your disability.

Waiting Period

The Short-term and Supplemental disability plans require that you complete the waiting period you selected (7, 30, 90 or 180 days) before benefits are payable. Under SAW/RTW, you may satisfy your waiting period with any combination of consecutive partial or total disability days. Any day of partial disability will count as a full day towards satisfaction of your disability benefits waiting period. The first day of the waiting period will be the day following your last full day at work. If you return to work full time during your waiting period, you may be required to begin your waiting period again if you become partially or totally disabled.

More information about the Stay at Work/Return to Work program

Partial Disability Stay/Return Work Form