Injury Leave Without County Compensation

Conversion to Injury Leave Without County Compensation 
When an employee remains on injury leave (full-time or on an approved modified schedule) beyond the maximum hours eligible for compensation by the county, the employee will be placed on injury leave without county compensation status.

The employee shall also have his / her case referred to the county's workers' compensation insurance carrier for any continued payments to which the employee is entitled in lieu of payment of wages.

Termination of Injury Leave Without County Compensation 
Termination of injury leave without county compensation may occur:
  • When the county has a written release from the attending physician permitting the employee to return to his / her regular work schedule and resume performance of all the essential duties required in the employee’s position
  • When approval is granted, by the county, to return to his / her regular work schedule on a restricted duty basis as defined by the attending physician, resuming performance of all the essential duties required in the employee’s position with reasonable accommodation
The failure of an employee to return to work upon the expiration of the 12-workweek period, as defined by the Family and Medical Leave Act Section 8-3(c) will subject the employee to dismissal unless an extension is granted prior to the return date. An employee should refer to Sections 8-4; 8-5; or 8-9 for a request of additional leave.

Continuation of Benefits 
Employees who are on approved injury leave with county compensation status will continue to be eligible for all county benefits that they normally receive when on regular status. Employees who are on approved injury leave without county compensation status will not continue to earn compensated benefits (sick leave, vacation, holidays, etc.) or retirement match but, if currently participating, will be eligible to continue regular participation in the county's health, dental, vision, and life insurance programs through the last day of the month in which the following calculation of time expires.

Calculation
The calculation is a period of time equal to the hours an employee regularly works per week multiplied by 12, minus all injury leave hours used since the date of the initial injury.

The employee, however, must continue to pay his / her share of the monthly premium by the assigned due date or their insurance coverage will be subject to cancellation.

Premiums
Effective the first day of the month following expiration of eligible leave hours, the employee will be responsible for paying the county’s share of participating premiums in addition to the employee share. This responsibility will continue until injury leave without county compensation status is terminated.

For employees who have been employed at Gunnison County more than 20 years, the responsibility for paying the county’s share of participating premiums will not begin for an additional three months from the date that other eligible leave hours expire.