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Workers' Compensation Leave

Staff members suffering from a work-related illness or injury may be approved for a Workers' Compensation Leave. Staff members who incur occupation-related injuries or illnesses are entitled to all necessary medical and hospital care. Additionally, staff members who are approved by the University-authorized physician for a Workers' Compensation Leave are entitled to certain disability benefits in accordance with the Illinois Workers' Compensation and Occupational Diseases Act.


To qualify as work-related, an injury or illness must arise out of or in the course of employment. Staff members must immediately notify their supervisor and Risk Management of any work-related illness or injury.


An FMLA Leave may be used concurrently with Workers' Compensation Leave. A Workers' Compensation Leave is managed by the Claims Division of the Office of Risk Management. Absences under the FMLA are approved by The Hartford.

If it is determined by the University designated health care provider that as a result of a work-related injury or illness, a staff member is not able to perform the normal duties of the staff member's position, but is able to perform other meaningful tasks, the staff member may be provided a modified duty assignment with the University.

For more information, visit the Office of Risk Management.