How the plan works

Important information about how the short-term disability plan works

Short-Term Disability (STD) pays you a percentage of your base pay if you are injured or ill and are unable to work. The benefit you receive depends on:

  • Your base pay.
  • Your years of credited service with bp.
  • Whether your illness or injury is work related.
Short-Term Disability (STD) benefits begin on the first day you are unable to work due to an illness or injury, and may continue for up to 26 weeks.

Short-Term Disability (STD) benefits are paid in your regular paycheck.

If there is a question whether your illness or injury is work related, you will receive STD benefits according to the non-work-related schedule. If it is later determined that your illness or injury is work related, you will receive work-related STD benefits reduced by the amount of non-work-related STD benefits you have already received, retroactive to the beginning of your STD benefit payments. The same illness or injury cannot be both work related and non-work related. 

If your illness or injury is work related

For work-related incidents resulting in an illness or injury, you receive STD benefits equal to 100% of your base pay for up to 26 weeks. 

If your illness or injury is non-work related

For non-work-related illnesses or injuries, STD benefits equal a percentage of your base pay based on your years of credited service*. The maximum total benefit period is 26 weeks per year. Here’s the schedule for non-work-related short-term disability (STD) benefits:**

Years of credited service*
Weeks of STD benefits
paid at 100% of base pay
Weeks of STD benefits
paid at 50% of base pay
Less than 8
8 but less than 9
9 but less than 10
10 but less than 11
11 but less than 12
12 but less than 13
13 but less than 14
14 but less than 15
15 or more
Benefits are based on a calendar year. This means you are eligible for up to 26 weeks of STD benefits on the first workday in January. If you are not actively at work, you are eligible for up to 26 weeks of STD benefits once you return to work.

STD benefits are described in hours and weeks based on a traditional full-time five-day per week eight-hour per day schedule. Part-time employees are eligible for the same number of weeks as full-time employees; hours are based on the normal number of hours per week you are scheduled to work. An employee who works an alternative schedule, for example a 4/12 work schedule, may have benefits that differ but are comparable — as determined by the company — to those set out in this summary.

Base pay is your bp salary or straight-time pay, not including overtime, bonuses or incentives.

* Credited service For the Short-Term Disability (STD) Plan, vacation policy and service awards, the continuous amount of time you have been employed as a full-time, part-time, temporary or term-contract employee by bp, measured from your most recent bp hire date.  Time worked as an occasional employee is not recognized as credited service.  No period of employment before your current period of employment with bp will be included as credited service unless a specific provision has been made, as in connection with the acquisition of another company.

Except for interns/co-ops who return to active pay status from an educational leave of absence, credited service is not adjusted for time spent on an unpaid leave.  There is no adjustment to credited service for time worked as a part-time employee.  However, any adjustments to credited service dates that were made before April 1, 2000, under the previous credited service policy will remain in effect.

Credited service is not the same as "vesting service" under either the BP Employee Savings Plan or the BP Retirement Accumulation Plan.  

** North Slope employees

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. North Slope employees working a one week on / one week off or a two week on / two week off work rotation have a different schedule.  STD benefits are administered according to the following schedule:
Years of credited service*
Full pay hours
Half pay hours
Less than 8 28 336 4 63 756 9
8 but less than 9 31.5 378 4.5 59.5 714 8.5
9 but less than 10 35 420 5 56 672 8
10 but less than 11 42 504 6 49 588 7
11 but less than 12 49 588 7 42 504 6
12 but less than 13 56 672 8 35 420 5
13 but less than 14 63 756 9 28 336 4
14 but less than 15 70 840 10 21 252 3
15 or more 77 924 11 14 168 2

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