Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

GENERAL WORKPLACE SAFETY
2.30
Revised 1-11
Human Resource Services
335-4521

Workers' Compensation

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BENEFITS

A WSU employee or reported volunteer who becomes injured or develops an occupational illness in the course of their employment may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation benefits may include:

ADMINISTRATION

Wage replacements and medical benefits are administered by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). The WSU Pullman Human Resource Services Office coordinates University contacts with L&I. Departments should direct appeals and protests through Human Resource Services (HRS) at WSU Pullman.

REQUESTING BENEFITS

The employee must notify the health care provider at the time of his or her initial visit that the visit is work-related. The employee and the health care provider complete the indicated sections of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Report of Industrial Injury or Occupational Disease form.

WAGE REPLACEMENT BENEFITS

Workers' compensation wage replacement benefits provide 60 to 75 percent of the gross salary earned by the employee at the time of the accident. L&I begins payment of wage benefits on the fourth day following the date of injury.

Exception

If an employee is medically unable to work for 14 days, then L&I retroactively pays wage replacement benefits for the first three days after the date of injury.

REGULAR SALARY

An employee has the choice of using his or her accrued sick leave, annual leave, compensatory time off, or a personal holiday in order to receive regular salary while off work.

If the employee receives wage replacement benefits from L&I, the employee may be eligible to retain both payments.  Contact HRS for further information.

Collective Bargaining Unit Employee

An employee who is covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement is to refer to the applicable agreement for procedures regarding wage replacement payments and use of accrued leave.

RETURN TO WORK

Refer to 2.32 for return-to-work procedures.