Workers’ compensation insurance pays for temporary total disability (TTD) at a rate calculated at two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage, not to exceed a statutory limit. Payment begins when the employee is off work for three consecutive scheduled workdays following the injury, provided the authorized treating physician approves the absence. Payment continues for each consecutive day lost.
Length of Absence from Work
If the employee’s absence from work totals less than 14 days, accrued sick time should be used for the first three days lost. If the absence from work exceeds 14 consecutive calendar days, workers’ compensation will also pay for the first three days lost at the compensable daily rate.
Payroll Check Adjustments
The insurance & risk management office will send copies of TTD checks to the employee’s department. The department should then correct or adjust the employee’s payroll check by the amount of the TTD check. The amount of pay the employee receives in excess of the TTD check is treated as paid sick leave to the extent accrued sick leave is available. After all accrued sick and vacation time is used, the employee will no longer receive wages from the university. However, TTD payments will continue from the workers’ compensation insurance administrator until the authorized physician returns the employee to work or releases the employee from care.
FMLA Leave of Absence
Time off work for a work-related injury runs concurrently with FMLA leaves of absence. Please check with your department administrator or the human resources office to determine FMLA leave eligibility. Employees off work longer than three to four days should contact the Benefits office concerning payment arrangements for medical insurance and/or other payroll deductions.