VUB is one of the first universities in Flanders to provide a guaranteed income for Academic and Teaching Staff (WPP). As a result, these employees lose less income in case of absence due to disability.
Prof. Jan Danckaert, Rector a.i. of the VUB: “The well-being of all employees is of paramount importance to VUB. That’s why the existing insurance plan 'Income Care' from AG Insurance has been extended. The Scientific and Teaching Staff can now count on a guaranteed income in case of occupational disability. "The insurance was already applicable to Administrative and Teaching Staff.
If you are unable to work for a long period of time, the Belgian Social Security system provides a financial safety net via the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance. However, this compensation is limited and restricted, meaning that incapacity to work is often accompanied by a loss of income. The new insurance provides a financial supplement on top of the benefit paid by the health insurance fund. Compensation is paid in case of incapacity for work as a result of sickness, mental illness or a private accident, and during statutory maternity leave.
Majlinda Abduli, deputy director of People&Organisation at VUB: “This means an employee can focus fully on their recovery without financial worries. With this measure, we are therefore adding an extra-legal benefit to our existing range of benefits."
Majlinda Abduli, adjunct-directeur van People&Organisation