Workers compensation

On-the-job injuries are covered by the city’s Workers' Compensation insurance policy, which is provided at no cost to employees.

If employees are injured on the job, no matter how slightly, they shall report the incident immediately to their supervisor and complete required documentation including the First Report of Injury.

If the employee is using leave time or the employee is on restricted duty, then the employee shall also complete the Disability Leave Request form. For time reporting purposes, employees shall use WCOMP on the timecard beginning with the date of injury for all leave taken because of the injury. Failure to follow city procedures may affect the ability of the employee to receive workers’ compensation benefits and may subject the employee to discipline.

Under worker’s compensation insurance, an employee may be eligible for payments of both loss of wages (time absent from scheduled work after seven (7) calendar days) and medical expenses resulting from injuries or illnesses that arise out of and in the course of employment with the city. However, employees absent from duty in excess of ninety (90) consecutive days will accumulate neither sick leave nor vacation leave. See the Disability Leave section of this handbook for more information.

The workers’ compensation insurance program is administered by a contractor through law for all city government departments and divisions. Employees, who have questions regarding eligibility for benefits or a worker’s compensation insurance claim, shall contact their assigned claims administrator. For more information, refer to CAO Policy 53: Disability Leave, Workers’ Compensation Claims, and Coordination with Family Medical Leave.

Reference:
KRS Chapter 342
Code of Ordinances, Sec. 21-39. – Disability leave.
CAO Policy 53: Disability Leave, Workers’ Compensation Claims, and Coordination with Family Medical Leave

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