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Disability Leave

If you must take leave for your own health condition, including non-work related illness or injury, you may be eligible for disability benefits. This is in addition to the job protection that you receive through the Family and Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act.


Disability benefits discussed here pertain to non-work related situations. For work-related illness or injury, view details about Workers' Compensation on the Risk Management Department website.

Review Your Options

Benefit options  vary depending on your location. Find your status below to learn more about the options available to you.

Status Disability Benefit Options
California Residents

Voluntary Disability Insurance (VDI)
A non-work-related short-term disability plan that provides income protection for California residents.

Long-term Disability Insurance (LTD)
Provides income protection for medical leaves due to an accident or sickness.

Non-California Residents

Short-term Disability Insurance (STD)
Provides income protection for non-California employees only.

Long-term Disability Insurance (LTD)
Provides income protection for medical leaves due to an accident or sickness.

International Residents

Insurance for Global Staff and Affiliates
Global HR Programs provides information related to disability for staff not based in the U.S.

Start Receiving Disability Income

If you need to use sick time for more than five consecutive working days due to injury or illness, you must apply for disability benefits.

Steps to apply:

  1. Call Lincoln Financial Group at (800) 896-9375 or contact them via their website: (first time users, register using company code: stanford)
  2. To avoid any delays, download and sign the Authorization to Release Information form found under the Forms tab on and give it to your physician. Or complete a medical authorization form at your doctor’s office or medical facility that allows Lincoln Financial to receive all relevant information about your medical condition.
  3. Lincoln Financial will need your physician to provide certain information about your health condition in order for you to start receiving disability income