If you have an accident while at work, you should know the proper steps to be taken to ensure your workers' compensation benefits:
- Get medical help if you need it. Tell your doctor that your injury is work-related.
- Be sure to report your injury to your supervisor.
- You or your supervisor should call the NYS Workers' Compensation Program at 1-888-800-0029 where a report will be taken quickly and confidentially.
- You or your supervisor must complete an Accident Report.
- Contact Human Resources at 437-4700.
Additional information can be accessed in the Workers' Compensation information packet.
Human Resource must have certain information to report to the State Insurance Fund in support of your Workers' Compensation claim. This information can be reported on the Employee Accident Report or directly to Human Resources.
- If you required medical attention, the name of the physician and/or hospital.
- Did you lose any time from work beyond the date of accident?
- Are you currently out due to this accident?
- You must provide a statement from your physician indicating a diagnosis, the date you were seen and a return to work date.
- Contact Human Resources when you actually return to work.
- If you are returning to work with restrictions, call Human Resources BEFORE returning to work.
- If you have subsequent absences due to this accident, notify Human Resources immediately.
If you are out due to a work-related injury, the first 5 days should be charged to your accruals. If you are out more than 5 days, you will be removed from our payroll and paid by the NYS Insurance Fund for time lost.
While receiving Workers' Compensation payments directly from the State Insurance Fund, employees will be treated as though they are on the payroll for the length of the disability, to a maximum of 12 months. They are entitled to accrue seniority, continuous service credit to earn vacation, sick leave, and personal leave. While on leave without pay as a result of a work-related illness or injury, health insurance coverage will automatically continue. However, employees will be responsible for paying health insurance premiums upon return to work.
Employees will be treated as though they are on the payroll for retirement service credit. Those who contribute to the Retirement System will continue to be responsible for these payments.