Injury/Accident – On the Job
If you have had an accident while working for the RF, notify your manager immediately. You and/or your manager will be responsible for filing the applicable incident reports and safety reporting forms.
If your injury will require time away from work as a result of the injury, Worker’s Compensation benefits may apply. Please contact your campus Benefits Office as soon as possible.
If you are unable to work because of an injury or illness directly caused by your job, you have the following options regarding the use of leave accruals and Workers’ Compensation benefits
- You may use sick leave accruals and remain on the RF payroll from the first day of disability through your current appointment period, or until your sick leave accruals are exhausted, whichever comes first.
- You may elect to receive Workers’ Compensation payments from the first day they are due.
- You may receive Workers’ Compensation payments and charge partial leave accruals through your current appointment period in order to maintain your income level prior to disability.
Chubb Insurance Company will make Workers’ Compensation payments for medical treatment expenses for an injury or illness directly caused by your job.
If you are eligible for income replacement benefits, you will receive up to two-thirds of your average weekly wages, but no more than the maximum benefit set by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.
The average weekly wage is based on payroll records for the year prior to the date of disability or accident. Workers’ Compensation benefits will continue until your physician approves your return to work.
Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance Coverage Continuation
The health, dental, vision care and life insurance benefits will continue in effect when you become disabled while you are receiving income replacement benefits for a total disability, subject to the terms of those plans. Refer the Benefits Handbook or Postdoctoral Employee Benefits Handbook for additional information.
If you currently receive income replacement through Workers’ Compensation for a total disability caused by a work-related illness or injury sustained during RF employment, the RF will continue the benefits in effect at the time of your disability, either for the period of the total disability, or up to age 65, whichever comes first.
At age 65, you will be eligible to continue your health insurance coverage as a retiree if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
While on Worker’s Compensation, you may also be entitled to Family and Medical Leave