New York State Disability and Worker's Compensation
Risk Management administers New York State Disability and Worker's Compensation benefits for the University and specific questions regarding these programs should be directed to that office. The following general information applies.
- New York State Disability Benefits: The New York State disability waiting period is not affected by a change in schedule to a telecommuting arrangement.
- New York State Worker's Compensation Benefits: An employee may be eligible for Worker's Compensation benefits as a result of a work related illness/injury that occurs in the home while telecommuting. These situations are handled on a case by case basis and will involve an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the illness/injury.
- New York State Disability Benefits: New York State Disability calculates eligibility in days. To be eligible, an employee must be out of work for five consecutive workdays and benefits begin on the sixth day.
From the management perspective, the schedule for any employee who begins a disability leave should be reconsidered back to a five-day work week to ensure that the state eligibility period does not exceed 40 work hours. No additional paperwork is required to switch the employee's schedule.
- New York State Worker's Compensation Benefits: The waiting period for Worker's Compensation eligibility is seven days. Therefore, this program would be unaffected by a change to a compressed work week.