Workers' Compensation is a form of payment issued to employees to cover lost wages and medical expenses incurred as the result of a work-related injury or illness.
There are occasions in which an employee may sustain an injury while performing his/her job duties. We want to insure that such injuries are treated promptly and properly. Following are the procedures to be followed by University employees in the event of a work-related accident/injury in order that, where appropriate, SLI and/or Workers Compensation Benefits may be forthcoming to cover such situations. Sick Leave Injury pays the employee full salary for up to one year while he/she is on approved leave. After that period of time, Workers Compensation takes over and pays a percentage of the employee's salary.
The State of New Jersey has selected Horizon Casualty Services to provide a managed care program to administer the University's Workers' Compensation claims. An injured employee must follow the reporting procedures set forth below and seek treatment in accordance with this managed care program. Employees who do not comply with these procedures will be responsible for any unauthorized medical bills.
Prior to any absence due to a work-related injury being approved, the employee must have followed the above required procedures. It is the employee's responsibility to provide the proper medical documentation from an approved physician supporting the absence to the Benefits Office in timely fashion.
In the rare instance in which there is reason to believe that work-related sick leave is being abused, the University or its designee may choose to conduct an investigation. If the University concludes that there has been abuse, disciplinary action, up to and including termination will be taken. In addition, where appropriate, the matter will be referred to the State of New Jersey's Attorney General Office for legal action.
To apply for this benefit, an employee must contact the Benefits Office in the Division of Human Resources. The Benefits Office is the liaison to the Bureau of Risk Management in facilitating the payment process. The approval and payment process is strictly administered by the Bureau of Risk Management.