Virginia Sickness and Disability Program

This program provides employees supplemental or replacement income during periods of partial or total disability.

Who Is Covered

Effective 01/10/2003 all active employees were converted to VSDP unless they opted out. (Employees hired after January 1, 1999 were automatically enrolled in this program. Active employees were given the option to opt into this program until 04/24/1999.)

See the VSDP Handbook (pdf) for details.

Effective Coverage Dates

The effective coverage date is the first day of employment and includes sick leave, family and personal leave, short-term and long-term disability coverage for work-related illnesses or injuries and long-term care benefits.

If you were hired or rehired effective July 1, 2009 you must complete one year of continuous employment before becoming eligible for short-term and long-term disability coverage for non-work related illnesses or injuries. 

New Employee Sick and Family/Personal Leave

This leave does not carry over. The following set hours will be  initially credited on your first day of employment.

Full-Time:

Employment Begin Date Sick Leave Hours Family & Personal Leave Hours
January  10 - July 9 64 32
July 10 - January 9 40 16


Part-Time:

Employment Begin Date

Sick Leave Hours Family & Personal Leave Hours
January 10 - July 9 32 32
July 10 - January 9 20 16

 

Annual Renewal of Sick and Family/Personal Leave

This leave does not carry over. VSDP leave is credited as follows on January 10 each year.

Full-Time:

Months of Service Sick Leave Hours Family & Personal Leave Hours
Fewer than 60 64 32
60 to 119 72 32
120 or more 80 40


Part-Time:

Months of Service Sick Leave Hours Family & Personal Leave Hours
Fewer than 120 32 32
120 or More 40 40

When to Use Sick Leave vs. Family and Personal Leave

Sick leave may be used if you are sick or injured, or for medical appointments. Your supervisor may request the proof of any illness requiring the use of sick leave. Family and personal leave can be used for any reason, such as but not limited to vacation, personal sickness, or sickness or death of a family member.

When to Use Disability Leave

A VSDP eligible employee may qualify for short term disability benefits if they experience an illness, surgery or accidental injury that requires the employee to be absent from work more than seven (7) calendar days.

Note: The employee must call the VSDP administrator at 1-800-652-5602 to initiate disability benefits. Retro benefits can only be compensated within fourteen (14) days after onset of illness or injury. In addition, please call Estelle Washington at 221-3163 to notify the Human Resource Office of your absence to receive additional information on your benefits.