Seattle University
Human Resources Policy Manual

6. Other Benefits

* = Policies and procedures that apply to Faculty.

Introduction

This section of the policy manual is an introduction to benefits afforded to all University employees as required by federal and/or state law.

6.1 *Worker's Compensation

In compliance with state law, the University carries worker's compensation insurance for all employees for injuries and illnesses incurred on the job. There is a deduction from the employee's paycheck for this insurance. All job related injuries or illnesses must be reported immediately to the supervisor. HR explains these responsibilities to the supervisor and to Campus Public Safety and provides assistance in completing the necessary paperwork.

The employee must report all injuries to Campus Public Safety the same day the injury occurs. Employees have the right to seek medical care for injuries or illnesses resulting from the course of their work with the University. Supervisors must not refuse to send employee(s) for medical care even if the injury appears not to be serious. Worker's compensation insurance pays the medical expenses legitimately arising out of a job-related injury or illness.

Refer to Appendix A for additional worker's compensation information (or visit http://www.workerscompensationinsurance.com/workers_compensation/washington.htm).

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6.2 *The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA)

Employees who stand to lose health insurance and other medical benefits due to a qualifying status change (e.g., termination of employment, retirement) may elect to continue health insurance coverage at group rates, at their own expense, under the federal COBRA law. Self-paid continued coverage is also available to covered spouses and/or dependents of employees. When a qualifying event occurs, HR notifies covered employees and their dependents of their options. Additional information may be obtained at http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/cobra.htm. Contact the HR Benefits Office with any questions about the administration of COBRA.

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6.3 *Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)

The University's welfare and pension plans are covered under ERISA. According to the Act, an employee is entitled to review and receive information about the University's welfare and pension plans (see Sections 5.3 through 5.8 for plan outlines). Plan information is provided to employees in their packet of benefits information.

Refer to Appendix B for more information on ERISA or visit http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/erisa.htm.

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6.4 *Unemployment Insurance

The University has established a reserve account and reimburses the Washington State Employment Security Department for unemployment benefits paid to former employees in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington. There is no deduction from employees' paychecks for this insurance. For more information, visit http://www.wa.gov/esd/.

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Resources

Worker's Compensation: http://www.wa.gov/lni/insurance
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (Cobra): http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/cobra.htm
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (Erisa): http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/erisa.htm

 

Last modified on Monday, July 06, 2009