Reduced paid leave (RPL) is a new benefit that provides expanded income protection to employees who have exhausted their available accruals and need more time away from work for a personal illness/injury, the catastrophic illness/injury of an immediate
family member or parental leave. Employees who qualify may be granted two illness/injury periods within a rolling 12 months, up to a combined maximum of 480 hours. RPL is funded by UTMB at 50% of employees monthly or hourly base rate, and it is payable
after seven calendar days or the exhaustion of all available accruals, whichever is greater. Each new illness/injury period requires employees to satisfy a new elimination period, and RPL hours cannot be supplemented with other accrued leave.
Employees in a benefits-eligible position may choose to purchase optional short-term disability insurance through the UT System benefits program at the time of hire or during the annual benefits enrollment period. Short-term disability insurance replaces
a portion of employees’ income for a non-work related illness/injury that prevents them from doing their job. Monthly premiums are paid 100% by employees based on their annual salary. Those who elect short-term disability insurance receive 60%
of their weekly earnings, up to a maximum benefit of $850 per week.
Please be advised that if an employee has applied or been approved for short-term disability payments through the UT System benefits program, they are not eligible for RPL for the same qualifying illness/injury. See the Reduced Paid Leave and Short-Term Disability Insurance Fact Sheet for more details.