The County shall continue to provide its present long term income protection plan for permanent employees at no cost to said employees; provided, however, that in order to be eligible for such plan, employees must have been employed by the County for 3 or more years.

Effective with disabilities commencing on or after January 1, 1988, the 120 day disability period required to qualify for long term income protection shall no longer require continuous disability but shall be cumulative for any single medically verified illness or injury within a period of 6 full months from the date of the disability’s onset. The onset date shall be defined as the first workday the employee was unable to work.

The maximum benefit of the Long Term Disability Plan shall be $2000 monthly. Effective with new benefits on or after October 17, 1999, the maximum benefit of the Long Term Disability Plan shall be $2400 monthly. The County also agrees to cover under the LTD Plan, part-time employees who work a minimum of 20 hours per week. The Long Term Disability Plan is also modified to restrict benefits for psychiatric disabilities that result from stress, depression or other life events to two years. However, a disability resulting from certain chronic psychotic disorders or a disorder with demonstrable organic brain deficits can qualify for benefits payable up to the age of 65.