The University is covered by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSHA) which requires reporting of and preventive measures against on-campus accidents. In accordance with the MIOSHA, the University has established regulations and guidelines to assure a safe working environment. The University's Public Safety-Environmental Safety and Emergency Management division, is responsible for the administration of on-campus safety regulations. Detailed information is available in that office.
The Workers' Disability Compensation Act is a state law providing for medical payments and income when injuries and accidents, including disease, arise out of, and in the course of, employment. An employee who is injured on duty must report it promptly to his/her supervisor, following the procedures outlined in the incidents to be reported section below. Any delay in reporting a job-related accident, injury, or disease may make it difficult to validate a claim at a later date.
Workers' compensation is administered by Human Resources. The department provides injured employees with resources and assistance, helping them to return to work as soon as possible.
The University, as a covered employer, provides benefits within the limitations of the Workers' Disability Compensation Act for job-related accidents and/or injuries. The University is required by law to report all work-related injuries, within fourteen (14) calendar days of the date of each compensable injury, to the State of Michigan Workers' Compensation Bureau. Failure to report these injuries/accidents within the prescribed deadline is cause for the Bureau to penalize the University. To avoid penalty for noncompliance with the Act, and to assure timely payment for work-related accidents/injuries, all supervisors are required to follow the established procedures for reporting all compensable incidents. Compensable incidents are defined as all accidents and injuries, including disease, which arise out of, and in the course of, employment. Ordinary disease to which individuals may be generally exposed outside of employment is not compensable.
Sick leave may be used during any waiting period prior to eligibility for receiving workers' compensation wage loss payments. Sick leave used may be reimbursed to the employee's sick leave bank, should the employee's wage loss benefits cover any period of time for which sick leave was used. This is accomplished by the employee "buying back" the paid sick leave, using funds from the first weekly workers' compensation benefit check received.
The employee's first weekly benefit check is sent to Human Resources. Human Resources will calculate any necessary reimbursement for sick leave used. The funds necessary to buy back the sick leave are deducted from the check; the balance of the check is sent to the employee. Human Resources will instruct Payroll to reinstate the appropriate number of sick leave hours to the employee's sick leave bank.
Any employee receiving weekly benefits may use any remaining sick leave in amounts supplementary to weekly workers' compensation benefit checks, not to exceed 100 percent of regular wages.
After consultation with the employee, Human Resources will notify the employee's department as to the amount of sick leave to be used after the first weekly benefit check has been issued and after any necessary reimbursement to the employee's sick leave account has been made.
Any annual leave used during a waiting period prior to receiving workers' compensation payments will not be reimbursed to the employee's annual leave bank.
Employees may elect to use annual leave to supplement their workers' compensation weekly benefit, but only if they have exhausted their sick leave account balance. An employee's annual leave should not be used unless his/her express consent is given.
After consultation with the employee, Human Resources will notify the employee's department as to the amount of annual leave to be used after the first weekly benefit check has been issued and/or the employee's sick leave account balance is exhausted.
Duration of a workers' compensation leave of absence is limited under the terms of extended absences in the Human Resources policies and procedures manual. Workers' compensation benefits may continue after termination of employment.
Employees with approved workers' compensation eligibility and who are off work due to work-related injuries or illnesses have the following group insurance options: