Treasury Operations, Risk Management

Workers' Compensation

A University employee with a compensable illness or injury arising out of and in the course and scope of their employment duties may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits.  Workers’ Compensation insurance includes four types of benefits: disability, medical care, rehabilitation, and survivor.

The University Office of Risk Management is involved with determining adequate funding necessary to pay for claims.  The University has been self-insured for its Workers’ Compensation liabilities since 1918.  The Workers’ Compensation exposure is funded through three mechanisms: state appropriation, “recovery” accounts, and payroll assessments.  An annual state appropriation provides funding for claims of injured employees whose wage sources are state funds.  The University established “recovery funds” in the early 1990's as an incentive for loss prevention.  Because the employing department is charged 49% (recovery funds) of the cost for wages and settlements paid by Workers’ Compensation funds they have an incentive to return employees to work as soon as possible.  Payroll assessments provide the funding for claim payments for injured employees whose wage sources are “local” or “grant/gift” accounts.

The Office of Claims Management is responsible for the investigation and management of the workers' compensation claims of all University of Illinois employees who are injured on the job, regardless of location. This responsibility includes employees of statewide Cooperative Extension Service, Rockford and Peoria medical schools, and those on the payroll of the University of Illinois working at remote locations.

Claims filed by employees of the University of Illinois will be adjusted according to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.

Who to Contact

For questions about Workers’ Compensation benefits or claims, contact:

For questions relating to funding for Workers' Compensation benefits, contact: