Workers' Compensation Policy
Author: Michael C. Jacobson, XpertHR Legal Editor
When to Use
Workers' compensation is the principle state law-driven system to handle wage replacement compensation and medical benefits for employees who are injured on the job. Considering that the system was designed to be expansive and to limit employer liability for workplace injuries, nearly all employers in the U.S. are affected by or subject to workers' compensation regulations in some form.
This policy should be incorporated into an employer's personnel manual or handbook as an effective means of communicating with employees about their obligations when it comes to workplace incidents and workers' compensation. But more importantly, this policy is a means for employers to inform employees as to their protocols for handling workplace injuries, their objectives in conducting investigations and disputing workers' compensation claims and methods that both employers and employees can utilize to resolve their workers' compensation disputes.