The University is committed to maintaining a safe work environment for faculty, staff, and visitors. In the event of a workplace injury, all UNI employees are covered by Iowa Workers' Compensation which pays medical and indemnity benefits for employees injured on the job. UNI pays the entire cost of the program. Sedgwick CMS is the University's third party administrator for all workers compensation claims.
Employees who are injured on the job should report the injury to their supervisor, no matter how minor the injury may be. The supervisor will complete the Employer's First Report of Injury Form (online form password is 'froi') within 24 hours.
If treatment is necessary, Occupational Health at Bluebell Road Health Plaza is the designated provider for UNI. After hour services are available for worker injury treatment at Waterloo Medical Center and Cedar Falls Medical Center emergency departments. Services for worker injury treatment are also available at MercyOne Urgent Care located at Waterloo Health Plaza and Bluebell Road Health Plaza. Occupational Health should be notified that the claim is for a work injury and will be paid by UNI. To do this, the supervisor completes the Pre-authorization Form and sends it with the employee to Occupational Health (see Supervisor’s Checklist). The claim should not be filed with the staff member's health insurance carrier.
For more detailed information regarding Iowa Code for Workers’ Compensation benefits, please visit Iowa Workforce Development.
Know Your Current Elections: Benefits Self-Service
You can view your current enrollments, learn about your options, and make changes to your coverage through Benefits Self-Service.
Injury Prevention & Return to Work
Preventing work place injuries is critical in maintaining a safe working environment. Even in the safest working environments, injuries may still occur.
Safety Stretches are encouraged three times a day to warm-up for work and help prevent injury.
Winter safety tips and resources are available through Office of Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety.
Sedgwick Web-based Tools
If you have an active worker's compensation claim, Sedgwick ViaOne's® suite of web-based tools allow you to conveniently access and manage your claim. Two ways to get connected include:
viaOne® Express Mobile App
Employees receiving workers’ compensation, disability or leave benefits can access claim and case information securely by means of their smartphone. Features include:
- quick access to details on the status of their claims and cases,
- view payment history
- submit questions
- update a claims representative regarding a medical appointment or return-to-work date
- contact support resources for technical assistance
Employees that would like to create a profile and follow their claim online may do so on their computer as well. Features remain the same as on the viaOne® Express mobile app. Register online at https://viaoneexpress.sedgwickcms.net/.