Eligibility and participation

Learn about the eligibility rules governing the short-term disability plan
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Who is eligible

You are eligible to participate in the STD Plan if you are classified as a full-time, part-time or temporary employee* of a participating employer. Note that some business units (such as GBS Americas) have separate STD Plans, with somewhat different eligibility requirements, benefits and processes, that are described in separate plan summaries.

Full-time employee: An employee assigned to a position that:

  • Requires full-time service as determined by bp;
  • Is established to fill regular and ordinary employment requirements; and
  • Is expected to continue for an indefinite period of time.
Part-time employee: An employee assigned to a position that is:
  • Regular and ordinary in nature;
  • Expected to continue for an indefinite period of time; and
  • One in which the employee works a schedule that is less than that of a full-time employee but is at least 20 hours a week.

Temporary employee: An employee assigned to a position that:

  • Requires full-time or part-time (not occasional) service as determined by bp;
  • Requires a regular schedule of hours; and
  • Will continue for a specified period of time or until the occurrence of a specified event, such as the return to work of a regular employee or the completion of a special assignment or project.

Interns and co-ops are considered occasional employees.

* As required by the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (PSST), occasional employees who reside in Seattle are eligible to participate in the BP STD Plan.

Who is not eligible

Regardless of your employee classification, you are not eligible to participate in the BP STD Plan if you are:

  • An occasional employee.*
  • A member of a collective bargaining unit (union), unless your collective bargaining agreement provides that you may participate in the STD Plan.
  • Not classified as an employee on a participating employer’s payroll, even if reclassified as a common-law employee by any third party.
  • A member of a bp business unit, in part or in whole, which has otherwise been excluded from participation in the BP STD Plan by bp.

Occasional employee: An employee who works:

  • An irregular schedule of hours that may include periods of full-time work, part-time work, and work that is less than 20 hours a week and that is expected to continue for either a definite or an indefinite period of time. The key with this type of occasional employee is that the work schedule is irregular or infrequent in nature; or
  • A regular schedule that is less than 20 hours a week and that is expected to continue for either a definite or an indefinite period of time.
* As required by the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (PSST), occasional employees who reside in Seattle are eligible to participate in the BP STD Plan.

An employee’s classification in bp’s payroll records controls eligibility regardless of whether the individual is later reclassified. An employee’s classification is determined at the time of hire. If later changed, the new classification will only apply prospectively, regardless of the actual schedules or hours worked under the initial classification.

How to enroll

You do not have to enroll for coverage. As an eligible employee, you are automatically covered.

Paying for coverage

bp pays the full cost of your STD coverage.  

When coverage begins

If you are a temporary employee, coverage begins after six months of continuous employment. You must be actively at work for coverage to begin.  

For all other eligible employees, you are automatically covered on your date of hire or the date you become eligible for the plan if you are actively at work on that day. Otherwise, coverage begins on the first day you are actively at work.

When coverage ends

Your STD coverage ends as of the earliest of the following events:

  • You have received the maximum STD Plan benefits.
  • You are no longer injured or ill and unable to work.
  • You fail to provide required medical documentation within the required time period.
  • You fail to return to work after being offered an assignment that meets your medical restrictions.
  • You fail to obtain and follow medical advice or treatment that is recommended by a competent medical authority.
  • You fail to keep all scheduled appointments with company-approved doctors, including a return-to-work physical.
  • You begin a leave of absence, other than a leave covered by the Family Medical Leave Act, or similar state law, as administered by bp.
  • Your bp employment ends.
  • You start receiving LTD benefits in connection with your disability.
  • You cease to be in an eligible employee class.

There are no continuation or conversion provisions for STD coverage.

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