On The Job Injury

JSU is not subject to the Worker’s Compensation Laws of Alabama. However, JSU provides certain benefits for job-related injuries. On-the-job injuries requiring medical treatment are covered under the employee’s personal health insurance contract. Employees may file a claim with the State Board of Adjustment to be reimbursed for co-insurance, deductibles, and non-covered items. For information concerning a State Board of Adjustment claim, contact Human Resources. Employees who are injured on the job may be entitled to paid leave, subject to the approval by the appropriate vice president, under the following conditions:

  • A doctor’s certification must be presented stating that the employee is not able to work as a result of the injury. The University reserves the right to seek a second opinion.
  • An application for On-the-Job Injury leave must be completed. These are available in Human Resources.
  • On-the-Job Injury Leave will not be granted until the beginning of the sixth (6th) full workday; (i.e., at least five days of sick leave, annual leave, or compensatory time or leave without pay must be charged before On-the-Job Injury Leave will commence. Occasional leave following an injury, but prior to the extended absence, will not count toward the five day wait for benefits.)
  • The injury must have been incurred on the job. A verbal report to the supervisor following the injury is required, as well as a written accident report.
  • If the injury is incurred while engaged in “horse play” or an act contrary to University policy or federal, state, or local statute, On-the-Job Injury Leave will not be granted.
  • On-the-Job Injury Leave will continue until you are released by your doctor to return to work or when you are picked up on the long-term disability coverage, but in no case will On-the-Job Injury Leave exceed six months from the date of injury. A doctor may release an individual to return to light duty. If so, Jacksonville State University will attempt to make this accommodation. Absences for follow-up treatments and exams related to this injury will be included in the On-the-Job Injury Leave, but only during the six-month period referenced above.
  • An employee absent from work under this policy must return to work when released to do so by his/her physician. In addition, the employee must present documentation from the physician that he/she is released to return to work. Overstaying a leave without proper notification and approval or seeking and accepting other employment without previous authorization constitutes an automatic resignation and subsequent loss of benefit.