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If an employee is injured prior to becoming a CalPERS member and becomes a member while on TD, can he or she elect to go on IDL?If an employee is injured prior to becoming a CalPERS member and becomes a member while on TD, can he or she elect to go on IDL?<p>​No. The injured employee must remain on TD for the duration of the disability because he or she was not eligible for IDL on the date of injury.</p>
Can an injured employee who has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) use TD for isolated days of disability or medical appointments?Can an injured employee who has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) use TD for isolated days of disability or medical appointments?<p>​No. Once an employee has reached MMI, he or she is typically not eligible to receive TD for the same injury. TD is never paid for time lost to attend medical appointments. </p>
Is it possible for an injured employee to receive TD and Non-Industrial Disability Insurance (NDI or SDI) benefits on the same date assuming that he or she qualifies for both benefits?Is it possible for an injured employee to receive TD and Non-Industrial Disability Insurance (NDI or SDI) benefits on the same date assuming that he or she qualifies for both benefits?<p>​Yes. If the NDI or SDI benefit is greater than the TD benefit that the injured employee is due for the day, then he or she receives TD and the balance due for NDI or SDI. <br><br>Example: the TD benefit is $10 and the NDI benefit is $19; the injured employee receives $10 TD and $9 NDI. This is not common.</p>
Can an injured employee take bereavement leave while on TD?Can an injured employee take bereavement leave while on TD?<p>​Yes. An injured employee is entitled to bereavement leave while on TD. The appropriate substantiation for the bereavement leave must be submitted to the department and kept for auditing purposes. Bereavement Leave is not an earned leave (such as holiday credit) to be used for supplementation purposes. It is a benefit to be used if it meets the criteria as set forth in the MOU. Therefore, bereavement leave should be issued as regular pay.<br> <br>If the injured employee is supplementing his or her TD payment, then supplementation would stop during the time period that he or she is eligible for bereavement leave. Bereavement leave would be used to provide the injured employee full pay for the period in which he or she was both temporarily disabled and also eligible for bereavement leave. State Fund will continue to issue the TD payment directly to the injured employee. The bereavement leave payment is issued by SCO as regular pay for the appropriate number of hours needed to provide the injured employee full pay. The total amount of TD and bereavement leave combined is not to exceed the injured employee’s full monthly pay. </p>
Is an injured employee eligible for catastrophic leave while waiting for TD to be approved or for supplementation of TD?Is an injured employee eligible for catastrophic leave while waiting for TD to be approved or for supplementation of TD?<p>​Yes. An injured employee may be eligible for a department's catastrophic leave program if the nature of the illness or injury otherwise meets the criteria established by the department for catastrophic leave. Please check the injured employee’s MOU and your department’s Catastrophic Time Bank policy.</p>
If an injured employee is off on TD and is eligible for a Merit Salary Adjustment (MSA), should the supervisor approve the pay increase?If an injured employee is off on TD and is eligible for a Merit Salary Adjustment (MSA), should the supervisor approve the pay increase?<p>​Yes. An injured employee should receive the MSA, unless there is pre-existing documentation history supporting performance problems prior to the injury.</p>
Can an injured employee attend jury duty while on TD?Can an injured employee attend jury duty while on TD?<p>​Yes. If the injured employee’s medical restrictions don’t preclude participation in jury duty then he or she is able to attend. Should the injured employee serve on jury duty, he or she must decline the jury duty fees. <br><br>If the injured employee fails to decline the jury duty fees, then he or she may be overpaid TD or TD/S resulting in an accounts receivable with State Fund or the department.</p>
Is an injured employee entitled to receive credit for informal time off granted by the governor while on TD?Is an injured employee entitled to receive credit for informal time off granted by the governor while on TD?<p>​Yes. The injured employee is entitled to the number of hours granted. These hours can be used as supplementation or as time off when he or she returns to work. The time is not lost nor can it be compensated upon separation from state service.</p>

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