Workers' Compensation Insurance

Agnes Scott College provides a comprehensive workers' compensation insurance program at no cost to employees. This program covers any injury or illness sustained in the course of employment that requires medical, surgical or hospital treatment. Subject to applicable legal requirements, workers' compensation insurance provides benefits after a short waiting period or if the employee is hospitalized, immediately.

Employees who sustain work-related injuries or illnesses should inform their supervisor immediately. No matter how minor an on-the-job injury may appear, it is important to report it immediately. This will enable an eligible employee to qualify for coverage as quickly as possible.

Neither Agnes Scott nor the insurance carrier will be liable for the payment of workers' compensation benefits for injuries that occur during an employee's voluntary participation in any off-duty recreational, social or athletic activity sponsored by the College.

Any employee who sustains an on-the-job injury or illness, no matter how slight, is required by law to immediately report the event to his/her supervisor who must, in turn, notify the Office of Public Safety or the Office of Human Resources on the day of the event or within 24 hours of the occurrence. A report must be completed by the Office of Public Safety or the Office of Human Resources. The Office of Human Resources will coordinate all claim matters with the insurance carrier.

Treatment for Injury:

If the injury is life threatening, contact the Office of Public Safety so emergency personnel can be directed to the injured employee and she/he immediately can be taken to the nearest emergency medical care facility. Contact Public Safety at (404) 471-6355. Public safety will complete an accident report.

For serious but non-life threatening injuries, the injured employee is to obtain medical services from one of the authorized medical providers listed on Agnes Scott's Panel of Physicians. The Panel of Physicians list is posted in the Office of Facilities, Evans Dining Hall, and on the Office of Human Resources bulletin board in Buttrick Hall. Authorized treatment slips are available from the Office of Human Resources; if treatment slips are needed before or after normal working hours, contact public safety. The supervisor must contact public safety or human resources so an accident report may be completed.

Time spent in treatment of an injury caused by an on-the-job accident as well as any necessary related absence that same day is considered work time. However, an injured employee is required to record his or her departure for off-campus medical treatment on the Monthly Leave and Work Report or Biweekly Timesheet.

If the injury entails at-home recovery, the employee must regularly inform his/her supervisor of progress and expected return to work date. Employees must also provide the Office of Human Resources with all documents (i.e., doctor appointments, statements with regard to work status, release to return to the work place, etc.) that pertain to an on-the-job injury or illness. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Worker's compensation leave and pay (66 2/3 % of the injured employee's gross monthly pay) begins after seven calendar days of absence. Any accrued sick leave will be used first until worker's compensation leave begins; accrued sick leave will also be used to supplement worker's compensation benefits but may not exceed the employee's gross salary/wages.

For further information, contact the Office of Human Resources.

Policy No.  306  Issued  1/1/2004