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Fringe Benefits

In addition to the fringe benefits described under payroll deductions, the University provides employees with the following benefits.

a.  Employee Education

The university encourages career development and self improvement. The faculty may be granted consideration for special scheduling by a chair if pursuing doctoral study or other advanced education. Only full-time regular employees are eligible for time-off or adjusted teaching schedules to attend classes.

Course work may be taken on a tuition waiver basis at the University or any other West Virginia state college or university. The Registrar coordinates information about and processing of tuition waivers.

Before the semester in which classes are to be taken, the employee is required to provide her or his chair a written request for schedule adjustment. The chair will then recommend approval or disapproval of the request. The Provost will provide the employee with a written statement of the decision.

b.  Staff Development

Upon the recommendation of the Provost, the President approves certain courses as staff development opportunities. These courses are designed to enhance the job performance of University employees. The topics are suggested by both employees and supervisors.

These courses are offered each semester during the workday. A list of courses, times, and dates are published by the Provost each semester. Enrollment is administered through the Registrar’s Office as a component of the tuition waiver policy. Since these classes are available under tuition waiver, enrollment by employees is limited to one course.

c.  Workers’ Compensation

The West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Fund protects employees against financial loss resulting from on-the-job injuries or death caused by certain work-related injuries. Workers’ Compensation pays claims involving medical, hospital and related bills; disability; loss of body members, such as an arm or leg; death; and dependent benefits. The University pays into Workers’ Compensation monthly for each employee.

Injuries or disease on the job that result from mischief, drunkenness, or other forms of misconduct by the injured employee are not covered.

Any on-the-job injury for which the employee intends to file a workers’ compensation claim should be reported in writing to the Business Office as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours after the injury. On-the-job injuries or occupational illnesses, which involve no more than 3 days of disability, leave or absence from work shall not be charged against the employee’s accumulated sick leave. If on-the-job injuries or illnesses require a leave beyond the three-day period, the employee has the option of either of the following: (1) Using earned and accumulated sick and annual leave until both may be exhausted and receiving any additional benefits adjudged to be due under the West Virginia Compensation Law; (2) reserving for future use any earned and accumulated sick and annual leave and receiving only Workers’ Compensation benefits for which they are adjudged eligible.

It is the employees’ responsibility to notify the Human Resources Office in writing no later than 3 work days after the injury as to which of the options listed above (1 or 2) is selected. If the Human Resources Office does not receive notification, it will be assumed that option (1) is selected and the employee will be removed from the payroll when accumulated sick and annual leave are exhausted.

d.  Employment Security (Unemployment Compensation)

Employees are covered for unemployment compensation as prescribed by the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation and Employment Security.