306 Workers' Compensation Insurance

Spelman College insures all employees against accidental injuries occurring on the job, in accordance with the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Law.  Coverage begins on date of employment and covers any injury or illness sustained in the course of employment that requires medical, surgical, or hospital treatment.  Employees must report all accidents immediately to their supervisor such as the department manager or department chair.  The supervisor must notify the Office of Human Resources or Public Safety within 24 hours.  If the supervisor is not available, the employee should notify the Office of Human Resources or Public Safety. No matter how minor an on-the-job injury may appear, it is important that it is reported immediately.  This will enable an eligible employee to qualify for coverage as quickly as possible.

College Compensation During A Work Related Injury/Illness

If it is determined by the approved authorized treating physician that the injured employee is placed in a no work status (loss time), the employee has to be absent from work for seven (7) days due to the injury/illness before becoming eligible for workers compensation benefits. 
During this seven (7) day period, the employee may use any accumulated sick leave (if available).  If no sick leave time is available, the employee may use their available vacation leave. When neither sick leave nor vacation leave is available, the employee is in a without pay status until they become eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

Workers’ Compensation Pay

Workers’ compensation benefits pay a weekly income benefit of two-thirds of your average weekly wage, not to exceed the maximum statutory benefit for a work related injury.  If your injury/illness requires you to miss work for more than 21 consecutive days, you will be paid for the first seven (7) days.

For additional information on workers’ compensation insurance and the Panel of Physicians, please see the postings on the various bulletin boards on campus and on the myspelman portal.  Also, you may contact the Office of Human Resources.

Policy No.  306  Effective Date:  9/1/2000  Revision Date:  2/23/2015