Public Employees Disability Act (PEDA)

In order to receive benefits under PEDA, the injury must occur in the-line-of duty. The injury must prevent the employee from being able to perform his or her regular job duties.

If the employee sustains a qualifying injury, he or she is entitled to receive their full salary for up to one year while off work recuperating from their injuries and under doctor’s care. The employee will not lose any service credits to the public employee pension fund.

If the employee is off from work for more than a year, than they will start to receive Illinois Workers’ Compensation benefits at the rate of 66-2/3% of their gross weekly salary.

During the time the employee remains off work, the employer can order a medical evaluation to determine the extent of the disability. This evaluation is at the employer’s expense.

The injured police officer and/or firefighter would be paid from their employer’s regular payroll as if the employee was still in active service. Most municipalities receive partial compensation at the rate of 66-2/3% through a workers compensation offset.

There a couple of similarities between the Public Employees Disability Act. PEDA and Illinois Workers= Compensation: 1) the police officer or firefighter collecting benefits under PEDA do not have to use accrued vacation, sick or overtime pay prior to receiving compensation; 2) the benefits paid under the Public Employees Disability Act are not subject to state or federal income taxes.

An employee injured and receiving benefits under PEDA cannot collect any pension benefits or make them selves available for any type of work compensated or not. Performing any type of work prevents the employee from receiving benefits for the period when they are working any may forfeit any future compensation.