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Voluntary Disability Insurance (VDI)

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This income protection plan pays a benefit if you are unable to work due to a non-work related injury or health condition, including pregnancy.

If you live in California, we automatically enroll you in the VDI plan starting on your date of hire. If you live outside of California, you are automatically enrolled in short-term disability on your date of hire.


All employees who reside in California are eligible, including:

  • Temporary
  • Part-time
  • Full-time

Plan Information

  • Maximum of 52 weeks
  • You are eligible for coverage starting on the first day of your employment
  • You will receive a weekly disability check for a 2024 maximum equal to the lesser of $1,620 per week or 60% of your weekly base salary, if earning above $28,461.  Or, equal to the lesser of 70% of your weekly base salary or a maximum of $1,620, if earning less than $28,461. annually. This maximum weekly benefit is subject to change every January 1.
  • Staff may receive a reduced Stanford paycheck using the remainder of your sick, vacation, PTO or floating holiday accrual on the 7th and 22nd of each month
  • Faculty, contact your Faculty Affairs Officer or Human Resources Manager to see if other benefits are available

View the 2024 VDI Statement of Coverage

View the VDI Plan Updates as of December 31, 2023

View the 2024 California Voluntary Disability Insurance Plan

View the City and County of San Francisco Paid Parental Leave notice

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Voluntary Disability Insurance by reviewing Frequently Asked Questions.
View full FAQ

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