Seattle University
Human Resources Policy Manual

Appendix A: 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.

Policies

  1. Procedures for Reporting On-the-Job Injury/Illness
    1. An on-the-job accident, injury or serious near-miss must be reported immediately to the supervisor. Failure to do so can result in the employee's claim being delayed or denied. The supervisor notifies Campus Public Safety, which investigates the accident and arranges for professional medical assistance, if needed.
    2. The employee is sent to a medical provider if professional medical assistance is needed.
    3. The employee will be asked to complete Form 801 (Employer's Report of Occupational Injury or Illness) and his physician will return it to HR for further processing.
    4. The employee must report to work no later than the next scheduled workday if the employee's physician releases the employee to return to work for temporary, light duty, part-time or regular duties. The employee must inform his supervisor about the health condition and any physical restrictions. If the physician determines that the employee is unable to perform any kind of work, it is the employee's responsibility to inform HR of the health condition. HR will follow-up, as appropriate.
    5. The employee must call the supervisor at a predetermined time to report her status if she is off work for more than three (3) calendar days. The employee must call in weekly until she is able to return to work. The employee may be required to take certain forms to the physician on follow-up appointments and must return the completed forms to the supervisor.
    6. Any bills and any questions about claims are directed to the State of Washington, Department of L&I.
  2. Procedures for Documenting Time Loss
    1. When an employee sustains a job-related disability and the period of disability extends from the fourth (4th) workday, worker's compensation benefits will be paid by the Department of Labor and Industry (L & I). An employee can use sick leave for the first three (3) days of a job-related injury or illness.
    2. The Department of L & I will begin payments based on family status and the employee's regular rate of pay if the job-related disability exceeds four (4) days but is less than fourteen (14) days.
    3. The Department of L & I will pay retroactive benefits for the first four (4) days of initial disability if the job-related disability exceeds fourteen (14) days. The employee is responsible for reimbursing the University any payments from the Department of L & I if the University has already made payments through the sick leave benefit.
    4. The University pays the employee for the balance of the day on which the injury occurs, even if the employee does not return to work.

Resources

Washington Industrial and Safety Health Act (WISHA): http://www.lni.wa.gov/

 

Last modified on Monday, July 06, 2009