As a general rule, school district employees do not earn wages during summer break. This is also true for school holidays, such as Thanksgiving and winter and spring breaks. Injured employees who are not earning wages during these breaks are not entitled to temporary income benefits (TIBs).
In these cases, the Fund reduces the Average Weekly Wage (AWW) to ensure only the appropriate income benefits are paid. AWW is used to calculate injured employees’ TIBs.
How does this work?
When an employee does not work continuously throughout the year for the district, the Fund notifies the injured employee of the AWW adjustment during the seasonal period. This notification explains that benefits have been reduced to reflect the amount the employee is reasonably expected to earn during the break. The letter also lets the employee know that benefits will be adjusted to the previous weekly amount if they are unable to return to work when school resumes.
- A teacher is injured on May 1
- TIBs begin on May 2
- The teacher did not work the previous summer
- The last day of school is May 25
- The teacher is not expected to earn any wages until September 2, when school starts
- TIBs may resume September 2 (if the teacher is unable to return to work)
This procedure ensures the Fund provides the appropriate payment to injured employees and prevents overpayments that would be costly to members.
For questions regarding seasonal adjustments to Workers’ Compensation benefits, contact Tom Jenkins at 800.800.482.7276, ext. 2062.