You are only eligible to receive salary-replacement benefits through workers’ compensation if you lose five or more days of work.
If you’re out of work for five or more days, you’ll need to provide us with all of your medical documents so that we can determine your eligibility for salary-replacement benefits. It is your responsibility to obtain and send us the medical records we need to evaluate your eligibility. This includes full treatment records, not just out-of-work notes.
If you are found to be eligible for salary-replacement benefits, you will begin receiving workers’ compensation checks instead of your usual payroll checks or deposits.
We mail workers’ compensation checks weekly. We mail them to the employee’s residential address on file with the City, not a P.O. Box. They cannot be picked up at City Hall. Direct deposit is also not available.
Salary-replacement benefits are paid at percentages set by law of your pre-injury average weekly wage, and are tax-free.
We may notify you that you will stop receiving salary-replacement benefits if:
- we stop receiving your medical records
- the records are insufficient, or
- the records show that you are able to return to work.
If you are approved for workers’ compensation salary-replacement benefits and your union contract or other applicable policy allows, you can use accumulated leave to supplement your workers’ compensation benefits.
The most that you can receive between the combined workers' compensation benefits and supplemental pay is 100% of the base pay. If you choose to do this, you will go on a “leave of absence w/pay” status on the Department’s payroll using the earned leave.
The supplemental pay is not processed by the Workers’ Compensation Service as it is NOT a workers’ compensation payment. Rather, it is a taxed “regular payroll” payment. If you have been approved for workers’ compensation benefits, you should reach out to your department’s human resources or payroll officer. They will help you determine your eligibility to request this optional benefit. Please note: Workers’ compensation payments are tax-free. But, the supplemental pay is taxed.
The use of accrued sick time to supplement workers’ compensation benefits does not count as an instance under the City’s Attendance Policy. You also do not accrue sick time while you are out on workers’ compensation.
When you return to work, you may be entitled to credit some or all of your time off toward step increases. Contact your department’s human-resources representative for more information.