Worker’s Compensation (WC) is a State of Wisconsin statutory employee benefit program that provides payment of reasonable medical expenses and compensation for lost wages resulting from work-related injury, illness or disability.
Consistent with UW-Madison’s established WC claims reporting process, we ask that all occupational illnesses, injuries and exposures be reported immediately, as detailed on UW-Madison’s Worker’s Compensation website, See https://businessservices.wisc.edu/managing-risk/workers-compensation/ for details.
Please be aware that Worker’s Compensation claim compensability is unable to be pre-determined. Each claim must be reviewed and evaluated prior to coverage determination, based upon the unique circumstances and merits of each individual claim.
Precautionary measures taken to avoid illness or the community spread of disease (for example, quarantine, isolation, leave, vaccination, etc.) occurring in the absence of, or prior to, the manifestation of diagnosed occupational illness are not within the scope of Worker’s Compensation.
In instances where quarantine or isolation of an employee is required or necessary, Divisions, Schools and Colleges are encouraged to work with their Divisional Disability Representative to identify temporary duty assignments the impacted employee can perform while away from their normal duties, in effort to mitigate potential wage loss to the impacted employee. Divisional Disability Representatives may wish to consult with the Employee Disability Resource Office’s Return To Work Coordinator for assistance in identifying potential temporary duty assignments for impacted employees.
If manifestation of diagnosed occupational illness does occur, Worker’s Compensation may respond by providing payment of reasonable medical expenses and compensation for lost wages resulting from illness or disability. For this reason, we ask that all occupational illnesses, injuries and exposures be reported immediately.
Please contact the Office of Risk Management Worker’s Compensation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with any Worker’s Compensation questions.