The purpose of this policy is to establish the University’s compliance with state law to provide workers compensation insurance benefits to eligible employees injured on the job.
The University is covered under statutory state Workers Compensation laws. Should you sustain a work-related injury, you must notify your supervisor and Employee Services immediately and complete and sign an Incident Report at the University’s Health Center. No matter how minor an on the job injury may appear, it is important that it be reported.
IF AN ON THE JOB INJURY IS NOT REPORTED WITHIN 30 DAYS, RECOVERY OF WORKERS COMPENSATION BENEFITS MAY BE BARRED.
The amount of compensation payable in each case depends upon, among other things, an employee’s weekly earnings and is determined by the carrier.
In the case of an emergency, you should go to the nearest hospital emergency room for treatment.
I. Continuation of Salary and Benefits
Paid leave and retirement credits will continue to accrue while an employee is absent from work as a result of a workers compensation claim until the employee returns to work or is terminated. The employee is not eligible for holiday pay during the leave.
II. Coordination with Family and Medical Leave Policy
An employee who is absent from work and is receiving worker’s compensation benefits shall also be placed on medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave policy. Leave that qualifies as workers’ compensation benefits that also qualifies as medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Policy is counted against the employee’s Family and Medical Leave entitlement. Approval of medical leave does not guarantee that worker’s compensation benefits will be paid.
III. Termination of Employment
An employee covered by workers’ compensation may be terminated if the employee has been absent from the job for a period of one year.
Reasonable accommodation to enable the employee to return to work within a year will be considered when relevant. Change in employment status or termination of an employee receiving workers’ compensation must be reviewed with the Employee Services. Any termination decision will be in accordance with applicable federal, state, or local law.
To learn more about this policy or the supporting procedures, please contact Employee Services
Policy updated on: Oct. 24, 2018