3.1. 11 Workers' Compensation Leave & Benefits

Policy Section: Leaves of Absence

Policy Number and Title: 3.1.11 Workers' Compensation Leave & Benefits
Applicable to: All Employees
Effective Date: July 1, 2013

Policy Description

Princeton University, in accordance with the workers’ compensation law of the State of New Jersey, provides for employees who experience a work-related injury, illness, disability or death by: 
  1. coverage of medical treatment;
  2. a wage benefit for absences from the workplace because of injury or illness;
  3. permanent disability; and/or
  4. death benefits.
The University’s program is self-insured and managed by an independent workers’ compensation claims administrator under the auspices of the Office of Risk Management, Office of the Treasurer. Verified and approved claims are paid in accordance with the schedule, duration and manner of payment specified by the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law.
 
In addition to the guidelines provided by policy 1.0.4 Adherence to University Policy, employees should be aware that under New Jersey Workers’ Law, workers’ compensation insurance fraud is defined as a crime that may carry criminal and/or civil penalties.

Eligibility

The Princeton University workers compensation policy applies to staff and dean of faculty employees1 who are unable to work and/or require medical treatment because of a continuing work-related medically certified illness or injury.
Qualifying for Medical Treatment
In order to qualify for medical treatment, the employee must meet all of the following criteria:
  1. the individual is an employee who receives wages for services performed for the University;
  2. the injury or illness arises out of and in the course of employment at the University;
  3. the employee is under the care of the Office of Employee Health or, if indicated, a consulting physician approved by the Office of Employee Health; and
  4. the University’s independent workers’ compensation claims administrator concludes that the injury or illness arises out of and in the course of employment by the University.
Qualifying for Workers’ Compensation Disability Pay
In order to qualify for workers’ compensation disability pay, the employee must meet all of the following criteria:
  1. the employee must be under the care of the Office of Employee Health, as described above;
  2. the employee must be unable to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations due to limitations established by the Office of Employee Health or be released to return to work with a temporary restriction which cannot be accommodated by the University; and
  3. the employee must have completed the seven calendar day waiting period; i.e. must have been disabled and unable to continue at work by reason of a work–related accident or illness.
The seven days of disability do not need to immediately follow the accident/illness or be consecutive. The Office of Employee Health must authorize all absences related to work–related injuries or illnesses, whether or not they are consecutive.


1 Although DoF employees generally are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, as described in this policy, DoF employees should consult with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty for more specific details.