Disability and Workers’ Compensation

what you need to know

If you’re ill or injured and unable to work, Hitachi has you covered. Our Short-Term Disability (STD), Long-Term Disability (LTD) and workers’ compensation benefits replace a portion of your paycheck when you’re medically disabled or recovering from childbirth.

Short-Term Disability

Can you survive 365 days without income? STD provides income if you’re unable to work due to medical disability (including recovery from childbirth).

This coverage is 100% paid for by employees, so enrolling in our STD plan is completely voluntary — unless you live in California, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island or Puerto Rico (where STD is required by the state).

While STD is 100% voluntary for non-CA employees, these employees will be automatically enrolled. If you want to waive coverage, you will have to do so when you are first hired or during Open Enrollment.

You pay a small amount per paycheck: 0.8% of your salary, divided by 24. STD claims are administered by The Larkin Company. Your benefit begins on your eighth day of disability (unless you are hospitalized on the first day), and pays:

  • 80% of your salary, up to a weekly maximum benefit of $4,077.
  • If you have been employed by Hitachi for less than 90 days on the date of your disability, the Hitachi Short-Term Disability plan pays 60% of weekly earnings up to a maximum equal to California’s State Disability Insurance Maximum. Claims made under the Short-Term Disability plan are administered by The Larkin Company.


California requires that all employees have Short-Term Disability insurance. The Hitachi STD plan provides better benefits at a lower cost than the state benefits offered. If you live in California, you’ll pay for the Hitachi STD benefit through payroll contributions, at 0.8% per paycheck, up to the annual maximum.

New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico

If you live in these states, you’ll be automatically enrolled in your state’s mandated Short-Term Disability program, which provides a limited benefit amount. You’ll pay for your coverage through after-tax payroll deductions.

Because the Hitachi Short-Term Disability plan offers greater coverage than the New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island or Puerto Rico state plans, you should strongly consider participating in the Hitachi STD plan. Your company STD benefits will be reduced by any benefits paid under your state’s STD program.

Paid Family Leave (PFL)

There are an increasing number of states that are mandating Paid Family Leave. If you live in a state that requires your participation in a state PFL program, the applicable cost of that program will be deducted by payroll per the laws of your state. Your PFL benefit will be coordinated with the Hitachi PFL benefit if you elect Hitachi’s Short Term Disability (STD) plan. If you do not elect STD through Hitachi, your benefit will be limited to what your state mandates.

To qualify for Hitachi’s Paid Family Leave plan, you must be enrolled in Hitachi’s Short-Term Disability coverage.

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

When illness or injury makes it impossible for you to work for an extended period of time, LTD coverage begins after you’ve been disabled for one year.

LTD benefits pay 60% of the sum of your base salary plus your bonus benefit, or your benefit target compensation, up to $15,000 per month. If you remain disabled, this benefit would be payable up to your Social Security normal retirement age (depending on your age when you become disabled).

If you are eligible for other sources of income such as Social Security and/or Workers’ Compensation, your LTD benefits will be adjusted so that your maximum monthly benefit from all sources does not exceed the maximum allowed under the plan.

LTD is administered by Lincoln Financial. However, LTD is paid for by Hitachi, so you don’t need to take any action to participate, and the cost of the coverage will be shown as additional income on your paycheck. You’ll have to pay applicable taxes on this income, but if you become disabled, your benefit will not be taxed.

Workers’ Compensation

Our Workers’ Compensation program provides care and income for you if you get hurt or sick at work. All regular Hitachi employees are eligible for this benefit, and you’re automatically enrolled in it starting on your first day of work. With this plan, you’ll receive:

  • Appropriate medical treatment.
  • Temporary disability payments while you’re receiving medical care and unable to work.
  • Compensation for any permanent disabilities due to your injury.
  • Vocational rehabilitation services if you are permanently unable, or are likely unable, to do your current job.

What to Do When You’re Injured at Work

Immediately report your injury to your manager, Human Resources (HR) representative or AskNow. HR will send you a form, which needs to be completed in a timely manner and returned to them. HR will then file a report on your behalf to Broadspire, our worker’s compensation administrator. A Broadspire case manager will contact you within 72 hours to talk about next steps.

How Much Does it Cost?

Hitachi pays for the full cost of this program. In addition, all doctors’ bills and hospital expenses will be paid directly by Broadspire. If you do receive a bill, please send it directly to your Broadspire case representative.

How Much Will I Receive?

If you miss work due to a work-related illness or injury, your payments will generally equal 66 2/3% of your average weekly wage, up to the state maximum. Because this money is tax-free, federal, state, Social Security, and other taxes won’t be deducted from your payments.

If you report your injury right away and a doctor certifies you’re unable to work, you will receive your first payment within two to three weeks. You will continue to receive payments every two weeks after that until your doctor says you can come back to work.

You’re also allowed to use your Hitachi sick time to supplement your benefit so that you maintain your regular paycheck. If you will be out of work for longer than a week, the Hitachi Short-Term Disability (STD) plan may be available to provide additional income while on leave.


Short-Term Disability

The Larkin Company


Long-Term Disability

Lincoln Financial — Disability

Plan/Group Number: GF 060-066533-01

Workers’ Compensation



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