Wage Continuation

Wage Continuation is the collectively bargained School District of Philadelphia’s (SDP) short-term disability program. You may elect coverage to protect yourself from salary loss due to an illness or non-work related injury that extends beyond your sick time.

If you become ill and exhaust all your accumulated sick leave, after a short waiting period referred to as ‘corridor days’(0-7 days), you will be paid 75 percent of your salary for up to 52 weeks, pursuant to SDP approval.

Pregnancy is covered under this benefit to continue salary for 6-8 weeks from the date of birth of the baby. Sick days must be used first.

In order to qualify for the continued salary benefit, you must be enrolled in the program prior to the injury or illness.

Those who do not enroll within 7 months of hire date will need to complete the WAGE CONTINUATION SUPPLEMENTAL FORM. If you are within the 7 month window, call the Benefits Department at (215) 400-4630 to enroll without completing the supplemental form.

Please refer to the chart below that explains the bi-weekly rate an employee would be charged for participating in the Wage Continuation Program. The bi-weekly rate is per every $100 you earn. The example is based on an annual salary of $45,360.00.

The “quick” way to find your bi-weekly premium is by doing the following calculation:
Formula Biweekly Gross pay ÷ 100 × Rate listed in the chart below = Bi-weekly premium
Example $1,661.23 ÷ 100 × $2.10* = $34.89
*If you have 10 or more but less than 30 days accrued
*If you have fewer than 10 days, your biweekly premium would be $49 per pay

Employee’s share rate per $100 gross per paycheck

Accumulated Sick Leave Total Annual Waiting Period Post 3 years of Employment First 3 years of Employment* lower rates designed to give you time to accrue days
Less than 10 days 7 work days $4.43 $2.95
10 but < 30 days 6 work days $3.15 $2.10
30 but < 60 days 5 work days $0.31 $0.31
60 but < 90 days 4 work days $0.00 $0.00
90 but < 120 days 3 work days $0.00 $0.00
120 but > 150 days 2 work days $0.00 $0.00
150 but < 180 days 1 work day $0.00 $0.00
180 days and over 0 work days $0.00 $0.00

Where will I see wage continuation on my paycheck?

Your paycheck shows your enrollment in the program in two places:

 

  1. There is a box labeled “H.I. PLAN” under the box that contains the “EMPLOYEE NAME”. Enrollment is indicated by a code that shows how many corridor (waiting) days you have and the range of sick days you have accumulated. Here are examples of the code and what it means:
H.I. PLAN CODE What it means
WC7D 0-9 You have 7 corridor days based on 0-9 banked sick days
WC6D 10-29 You have 6 corridor days based on 10-29 banked sick days
WC5D 30-59 You have 5 corridor days based on 30-59 banked sick days
WC4D 60-89 You have 4 corridor days based on 60-89 banked sick days
WC3D 90-119 You have 3 corridor days based on 90-119 banked sick days
WC2D 120-149 You have 2 corridor days based on 120-149 banked sick days
WC1D 150-179 You have 1 corridor days based on 150-179 banked sick days
WC0D 180+ You have 0 corridor days based 180 or more banked sick days
  1. The other indicator of your enrollment is the deduction.  If you are in a plan that has a deduction (WC5D to WC7D), there is a code in the DEDUCTIONS column. That code is “WAGE CON”.

What will my paycheck look like when I am on Wage Continuation?

When you are working, you get 100% of your base pay, and summer reserve is deducted and set aside for summer (RSVAC). Wage continuation pays 75% of your base pay. The payroll system may try to ‘make up’ for the difference between what you are paid when you are actively at work (100%) and when you are on wage continuation (75%).  If you see ‘RSVPO’ on your paystub, instead of ‘RSVAC’, that means the system is paying you summer money in advance of summer, to try to ‘smooth’ out your earnings. Depending on when and whether you return to work during the current school year, your summer account and your paychecks are affected.  Call and speak to a Health and Welfare coordinator for more information.

 

If you do not have a deduction but have one of the H.I. PLAN codes listed above on your paystub, then you are enrolled in the program and the District is paying 100% of your premiums. You are not charged premiums once you have 60 sick days in your bank.

The rates recalculate every September, based on the number of sick days in your bank. Medical benefits continue while you are out on wage continuation.