Long-Term Disability

Long-Term Disability is a type of insurance that is generally one of the most important parts of a group benefits package. While some companies opt to fund a short-term disability or don’t even offer one at all, many more employers do offer a long-term disability program funded through a third party administrator such as a disability insurer.

According to Unum, a major provider of disability insurance, 3 out of every 10 workers between the ages of 25 and 65 will experience an accident or illness that keeps them out of work for 3 months or longer, with nearly 60% of these injuries occurring off the job. If an employee is hurt off the job, worker’s compensation will not cover them. When an employee cannot work for an extended period of time, a long-term disability plan can help cover a portion of the employee’s salary. Long-term disability usually kicks in after a short-term disability policy has run out.

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