Eligibility & Enrollment


Clergy who meet the following criteria are automatically eligible for the Short-Term Disability Benefit:

  • Participant in the Clergy Pension Plan
  • Actively working in an Episcopal institution, or temporarily between cures
  • Pension assessment payments to The Church Pension Fund are not more than six months in arrears
  • Canonically resident in the United States (for clergy canonically resident outside the U.S. and actively participating in the International Clergy Pension Plan, the short-term disability is limited to disabilities related to childbirth)

Active clergy participating in the Clergy Pension Plan are automatically enrolled in the Short-Term Disability Benefit.

Lay Employees

Lay employees who meet the following criteria are eligible for Short-Term Disability Insurance beginning the first day of their employment (if this benefit is offered by your organization):

  • Actively working for The Episcopal Church
  • Employed at least 20 hours per week in a paid position

Your institution may provide a Short-Term Disability Insurance as a benefit to lay employees—either by paying the premium in full or by sharing the cost with your lay employees.

If you do not provide this benefit, we encourage you to stress the importance of purchasing short-term disability coverage to your employees to help them protect themselves and their families financially should they be unable to work, due to a short-term disability.

Employer Pays Premiums
If your institution offers disability coverage as a benefit, enroll your employees as part of their initial employment. They are covered on their first active day of work.

Employee Pays Premiums
It is best to enroll employees in this coverage during the first 31 days of their employment.

After 31 days:

For more information about Short-Term Disability, please review Short-Term Disability Publications.

For questions, or to enroll your institution, call Client Services at (855) 215-5990, Monday – Friday, 8:30AM – 8:00PM ET, or Email us.


Policy Number: CNYEX01112
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