Benefits Plans - Long-Term Disability Plans: Expanded Long-Term Disability -
Vocational Rehabilitation and Return to Work

To facilitate recovery, the university will aid and encourage disabled faculty and staff members, whenever possible, to return to work—either with the university or with another employer.
In the event you return to employment at any effort at the university or another employer, you must report this to the Benefits Office. All earnings associated with your employment must also be reported to the Benefits Office.

Able to Work

If there is a determination, based on medical and vocational information, that you are able to return to work at least half time, you no longer will be considered totally disabled. Long-term disability benefits under this Plan will end at that time. The university is not required to provide you with employment either inside or outside the university, and you are not required to return to work.

The university will assist you with a return to work— with either the university or with another employer— for a period not to exceed 90 days from the date it is determined by the Claims Administrator that you are no longer totally disabled. During this period, you must agree to fully cooperate with the university-assigned certified vocational rehabilitation counselor who will provide these services to you. Vocational services will include assistance with analysis of your transferable job skills, identification of potential job opportunities, preparation of a resume, and counseling to prepare for interviews. During this rehabilitation period, the university will agree to continue to provide benefits under this Plan for a period of no more than 90 days. Your cooperation is required in order to receive Plan benefits.

Rehabilitative Work

If it is determined by the vocational rehabilitation counselor that certain documented issues make your successful return to work in a least a half-time position appear questionable, this initial return may be considered a period of rehabilitative employment for a period not to exceed 90 days. Your benefits from this Plan will be reduced by no more than 50 cents for each dollar you earn from rehabilitative employment. During this 90-day period of rehabilitative employment, the vocational rehabilitation counselor will evaluate your progress and ability to maintain at least half-time employment. If it is determined based on medical and vocational information that you are able to work at least half-time, then benefits under this Plan will be discontinued at the end of the 90-day period.

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The University of Michigan in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university's right to modify, amend or terminate them.