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Hayward USD |  BP  3531  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Workers' Compensation   

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The district shall purchase or self-fund a workers' compensation coverage program that complies with all governing laws and regulations. The workers' compensation coverage provider or claims administrator shall have authority under the terms and conditions of its agreement to investigate, respond to, and manage claims submitted under this program.

An employee suffering an actual or potential work-related injury or illness shall immediately provide notice to his/her supervisor or, if the supervisor is not available, the Site Administrator or Department Manager.

The Board has adopted a resolution extending workers' compensation benefits to volunteers who are performing authorized volunteer services for the district under the supervision of a district employee. A volunteer suffering an actual or potential volunteer-related injury or illness shall immediately provide notice to his/her supervising district employee or, if the supervising district employee is not available, the Site Administrator or Department Manager.

Upon learning of an injury, the supervisor, Site Administrator, or Department Manager, shall contact Risk Manager. The employee or volunteer shall also be advised that they should directly contact the workers' compensation coverage provider as soon as possible, with contact information made available to the employee or volunteer. If an employee or volunteer is unable to contact the workers' compensation coverage provider, then the supervisor shall contact the coverage provider on behalf of the employee or volunteer. If both the employee or volunteer and the supervisor are unable to contact the workers' compensation coverage provider, then as appropriate, the Site Administrator or Department Manager will contact the coverage provider on behalf of the employee or volunteer.

The district, its employees, counsel, and other agents and representatives shall fully and timely cooperate in the workers' compensation coverage provider's investigation, response to, and management of the claim or demand. The district shall not take any action which jeopardizes the district's coverage rights or protections.

The district and each of its employees will support efforts to have an employee suffering a work related illness or injury returned to the workplace as soon as possible under a return-to-work, light duty, or modified or alternate duty program. The Governing Board concludes that such programs can be helpful to an orderly workplace, the appropriate reintegration of the employee into the workplace, and the reduction of costs to the district and the loss of income to the employee.

Policy HAYWARD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: October 12, 1998 Hayward, California

revised: January 30, 2013