Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Policy Number: HR-4105-001

Policy Title: Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Vice Chancellor/Associate Chancellor: Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

Unit Responsible for Policy: UIC Human Resources

Effective Date: February 9, 2017

Contact: Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Policy Statement: The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) provides benefits under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and the Illinois Occupational Disease Act for employees who suffer an accidental injury or a disabling occupational disease arising out of, and in the course of, the employee's employment at the University.

An employee who fails to give the employer notice of an on-the-job injury or disablement may be denied benefits otherwise available to the employee under these two Acts. Notice of an accident must be given to the employer as soon as practical, but no later than 45 days following an accident. In any case, other than one in which the injury was caused by exposure to radiological materials or equipment, the statute of limitations will expire within three years after the accident where no compensation has been paid or within two years after the date of the last compensation payment, whichever is later.

While receiving income benefits under Workers’ Compensation, an employee’s years of service, vacation, and sick leave earnings are computed as if the employee were in pay status. Within thirty (30) days of receiving notice of leave benefit earnings and service credit restoral amounts, an employee may appeal the calculations.

A University committee on accident compensation has been created by the University to implement this policy.

Reasons for Policy:

  • To communicate University policy regarding the payment of Workers’ Compensation Benefits for employees incurring work-related accidental injury or occupational disease; and to ensure compliance with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and the Illinois Occupational Disease Act.
  • To identify eligibility requirements for receipt of Workers’ Compensation Benefits; and to establish the responsibility and authority of UIC personnel in the provision and monitoring of these benefits.

Minority Impact Statement:  The policy does not have a disproportionate or unique effect on UIC’s minority students, faculty, or staff.

Who Should Read the Policy:  All UIC employees.

Definitions:

  • University: Refers to UIC.

 Procedures: View UIC HR procedures.

 Forms: View UIC HR forms.

 Related Laws, Regulations, Statutes, and Policies:

  • University of Illinois Policy and Rules for Civil Service Staff
  • Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Illinois Occupational Disease Act

Document History:  Updated version of UIC HR #502, effective 4/1/1997; revised 09/01/2013.

Approved by: Committee on Policy
Approval date: February 9, 2017
Approved as: Updated Policy (supersedes Policy UIC HR #502)