Statutory Benefits

Workers' Compensation

Continuation of Benefits (COBRA)


Workers' Compensation

Under the laws of the State of Washington, all employees are covered by the State Industrial Insurance benefits. The University pays the full premium for accident coverage. The employee shares the cost of the disability insurance and widows' pension fund premium through payroll deductions. Accidental injury incurred on the job must be reported to the immediate supervisor and the Security Office where first aid services are available. After the accident has been reported to the Security Office, if further treatment is indicated, the emergency room at Ballard Community Hospital or your own doctor's office will initiate a State Industrial claim form when you inform them that your visit resulted from an injury occurring on the job. All time loss must be reported to the Department of Labor and Industry (L & I). SPU allows the use of sick pay only as a supplement to what is paid for time loss by L & I.


Continuation of Benefits (COBRA)

Through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), employees are given the option of continuing participation in a group medical and/or dental plan at their own cost for a maximum period of 18 to 36 months (length of time dependent on the qualifying event) after the qualifying event. Qualifying events are:

1. The death of the covered employee.
2.
The termination of the employee.
3. A reduction in the employee's hours, so that the employee or dependent is ineligible for coverage.
4. The divorce or legal separation of the covered employee and his or her spouse.
5. For spouses and eligible dependents, the employee's entitlement under Medicare.
6. A dependent child who marries or reaches the limiting age under the plan, thereby ceasing to be a "dependent" under the terms of the plan.

The employee must report a qualifying event to Seattle Pacific University within 15 days after the date the event occurs.

COBRA is not available to those employees and/or dependents who are covered under another group health plan or eligible to receive Medicare benefits.