To avoid possible loss of benefits, employees should report all job-related illnesses or injuries to their supervisor promptly, whether or not the situation involves the loss of work time or requires medical attention. The supervisor must complete the Supervisor’s Accident Investigation Report and submit it to Human Resources (HR) within 24 hours. HR will review the report and discuss the incident with the supervisor and the employee regarding status, medical attention, lost time, etc.
If the incident involves lost time or medical care, a report will be filed with our Workers' Compensation carrier (see contact information in the box to the right) and a claim number will be assigned. The injured/ill worker who is eligible for workers’ compensation will receive necessary medical care directly related to the original injury or illness and the recovery from his/her disability. The claim process follows a specific time line for all parties (i.e., doctors, employer, employee, carrier, etc.). Details can be found on the New York State Workers’ Compensation webpage.
Other BenefitsIn addition to medical and compensation benefits, claimants are entitled to submit a request for mileage reimbursement on Form C-257 Claimant's Record of Medical and Travel Expenses for visits to medical providers (i.e., doctors, physical therapists, diagnostic tests, etc.). The claimant should submit the form directly to the worker's compensation carrier at the address listed below.
Return to Work
- If seriously injured, seek medical attention immediately by calling Campus Safety at ext. 4000.
- Report the incident to your supervisor as soon as possible.
- Respond to requests from the College and the workers' comp carrier in a timely manner.
- Keep supervisor advised of your status and ability to return to work. Have doctor provide release to return in advance, especially if there are work restrictions.
The College will continue your benefits as though you are an active employee for the first three months you are disabled. Benefit payments normally deducted from your pay must be paid directly to the College. Send a check or money order payable to Trustees of Hamilton College to Luann Zaleski on a weekly (or monthly) basis. If you are disabled beyond three months, the College will continue to hold your position open and continue your benefits if we have medical evidence that you can reasonably be expected to return to work before the end of six months. You will be responsible for the full cost of benefits. The College's contribution to the retirement plan will stop and your accruals for sick and vacation time will stop at three months. They will be resumed when you return to work.