Amended date: 01/01/2021
Provided by: Office of Finance and Budget, Office of Risk Management
The purpose of workers’ compensation is to provide prompt and reasonable income and medical benefits to work accident victims, regardless of fault. In order to be compensable, an accident or illness must arise out of and in the course of employment. Because workers’ compensation benefits differ from state-to-state, an employee often has the choice to file a claim in the state the injury occurred, the state they are employed in or the state in which they were hired.
An employee who is injured while working may be entitled to benefits provided by Worker's Compensation Insurance. It is required that an Accident/Injury Report is filed within 24 hours of the incident by either the employee, supervisor or department manager. Details of this insurance, accident forms, and general information may be obtained from the Office of Risk Management and Insurance website. If the injury results in the employee being absent for more than three (3) days, the employee, supervisor or department manager may notify Leave Administration through the Leaves portal at Leaves@tufts.edu.
Staff, faculty, temporary or other employee of the University. Postdoctoral scholars’ practices are outlined in the postdoc handbook. Faculty should refer to the by-laws of their primary school affiliation for guidance.
Related Links and Resources:
Risk Management/Workers Compensation webpage: https://access.tufts.edu/workers-compensation-program
Postdoctoral Scholars’ Handbook: https://viceprovost.tufts.edu/policies-forms-guides/postdoctoral-scholars-handbook
This Workers’ Compensation policy is part of the HR Employee Policies and Procedures that can be found here.
Disclaimer: Changes to this policy and the handbook in which it is maintained may be made at any time, at the sole discretion of the University and is not a contract. Employment by the University is at will and either the employee or the University may end the employment relationship at any time.