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Benefit Payments

Clergy Payments

Short term disability benefits from the Clergy Plan are paid directly to you, the employer. You must continue paying clergy their full compensation and benefits, including paying pension assessments to CPF, during their disability leave.

Your organization will receive 70% (up to $1,000 per week) of the disabled clergy member’s total compensation to fund a temporary replacement.

Lay Employee Payments

Short term disability benefits are paid directly to lay employees.  Please note that an employee cannot receive full salary and disability benefits at the same time.

Benefit Payments & Schedule

Both clergy and lay employees may qualify for short term disability benefits if they have lost at least 20% of their earnings. In other words, they are still eligible to receive up to 70% of lost wages (up to $1,000 per week), even if they work part-time during disability leave.1 However, a lay employee cannot receive both their full salary and disability benefits simultaneously.

Benefit Reductions

Benefits are not paid when the disability is:

  • Not under a doctor’s care
  • Caused by war or act of war (declared or undeclared)
  • Due to intentionally self-inflicted injuries
  • A result of active participation in a riot
  • Due to participation in a felony

Benefits are reduced by any amount the beneficiary receives from:

  • Workers’ Compensation or similar provisions in the law
  • State disability benefits
  • Social Security benefits
  • A third party by judgment, settlement or otherwise (after subtracting attorney’s fees)

1The benefit is prorated for those working part-time. 

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