Pursuant to state law, an employee of the Advance School District R-IV who is injured, killed or who is exposed to and contracts any occupational disease arising out of and in the course of employment is eligible for compensation in accordance with this policy and the Missouri Workers' Compensation Law.
An employee must report all injuries immediately to his or her immediate supervisor by completing the district's incident report form. If the nature of the injury or illness is such that the employee cannot immediately submit the completed incident form, the employee's supervisor will assist the employee in completing the form as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after the injury or illness. Employees who fail to report an injury or illness arising out of and in the course of employment within 30 days of such injury or illness may jeopardize their ability to receive compensation and other benefits pursuant to law and this policy.
Upon receiving a report of an injury or illness, the supervisor will immediately forward the report to the superintendent or designee. The superintendent or designee will promptly forward a copy of the report to the district's workers' compensation insurance carrier and will be responsible for keeping the carrier informed of the employee's status.
Use of Leave
The district does not permit the use of paid leave for absences during the period when the employee receives workers' compensation wage benefits. Because by law an employee will not receive workers' compensation wage benefits for the first three (3) days of absence if the total absence is less than 14 days, the district will apply available paid leave for those days. However, the employee will only receive compensation for those days once the district knows that the employee will not receive workers' compensation wage benefits for those days.
Employees who are absent due to an illness or injury compensable under workers' compensation and who are receiving such compensation will not lose seniority or any accumulated paid leave due to the absence. However, the employee will not continue to accumulate paid leave during the absence.
Employees are required to use accumulated paid leave to receive medical treatment, evaluation or to attend physical rehabilitation during work time. If paid leave has been exhausted and the employee must be absent during work time to receive medical treatment, evaluation or to attend physical rehabilitation in conjunction with a work-related injury or illness, the employee may be granted unpaid leave.
The district may designate medical providers to be used in the administration of workers’ compensation claims and treatment. A list of district-designated providers will be available to employees upon request. If a medical provider has been designated by the district and the employee chooses to use his or her own provider, the employee is responsible for all costs associated with the provision of those services.
Loss of Benefits
An injury caused by the failure of employees to use safety devices provided by the district or obey rules adopted by the district for the safety of employees will result in the reduction of benefits payable under this policy and pursuant to law.
Violation of the district’s Drug-Free Workplace policy or any other district policy, procedure or rule relating to the use of alcohol or nonprescribed controlled substances will result in a reduction or loss of benefits payable under this policy and pursuant to law if the injury was sustained in conjunction with the use of alcohol or nonprescribed controlled substances.
The Board authorizes post-injury testing for nonprescribed controlled substances or alcohol in accordance with Board policy and law. Refusal to submit to the test will result in the loss of benefits.
An employee is disqualified from receiving temporary total disability workers' compensation benefits during any period of time in which the employee receives unemployment benefits.
Temporary, partial or total disability workers' compensation benefits are not payable if an employee is terminated from employment for misconduct post-injury.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.
Cross Refs: EBBA, Accident Response and Prevention
EEA, Student Transportation Services
Legal Refs: Chapter 287, RSMo.
Advance School District R-IV, Advance, Missouri