Workers' compensation benefits are available to any employee who suffers disability through accident or occupational disease arising out of, and in the course of, his or her employment.
In accordance with applicable laws, all Davidson College employees, whether full-time, part-time, or temporary, who suffer an accident related to employment with the college are eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
The employee continues to earn vacation and sick leave while receiving workers' compensation payments. The employee may not accrue more than the maximum vacation leave allowed by college policy.
Payment of the college's contributions for health insurance is continued while an employee is on workers' compensation leave.
Davidson College will make every effort to return an employee to work as quickly as possible. In addition to medical and rehabilitation services provided through the workers' compensation program, departments are encouraged to make modifications in job duties to reasonably accommodate temporary physical limitations. If the duration of the modified duties exceeds 90 days, the department head should meet with the Human Resources director to determine an appropriate long-term course of action.
Before an employee may return to work, a doctor's statement clearly outlining any limitations or restrictions should be presented to the supervisor and forwarded to the Human Resources office for review. If restrictions or limitations are included, an estimated duration of the restrictions or limitations must be included in the doctor's statement.
Upon return to work, the employee will meet with the supervisor to determine appropriate scheduling for required medical or therapy treatments. Travel time and treatment time will be considered as hours worked and should not be charged as leave. Therapy treatments should be scheduled so as to allow the department the most efficient use of the employee's working hours.
Return to work may involve a temporary reassignment in a different position commensurate with the employee's documented education and work experience. The employee must meet the minimum qualifications in accordance with the position classification. If the temporary assignment is at a lower level, the difference in the budgeted salary amount and the employee's last salary will be covered by workers' compensation payments.
If it is not a hardship on the department, the employee may be returned to his or her position with limited duty or part-time hours limitations. If the physician recommends return to work on a part-time basis and the college is able to accommodate this recommendation, worker's compensation payments will continue on a pro-rated basis for the hours not worked.
It is the employee's responsibility to notify Human Resources staff of each physician visit and to notify his or her supervisor of any changes that may permit return to work.
When an employee returning from workers' compensation refuses reemployment, reassignment or training for reemployment, Davidson College has the right to end the employee's employment.
Questions regarding this policy should be directed to Human Resources at 704-894-2213.
Last Update 12/09/08