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Workers’ Compensation for Injuries Incurred During Travel

Directive Statement

University travelers are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits during periods of travel which are necessary to perform the official business of the University.

Travelers are not eligible for worker’s compensation benefits during activities which deviate from the normal course and scope of the official business, such as vacations or personal enterprise, even though the activities may be combined with periods of travel for official business.

Reason for Directive

To ensure worker’s compensation claims during travel are handled consistently.

Who must comply?

All UF departments.

Procedures

  1. Direct any claims and inquiries regarding worker’s compensation benefits to Unemployment and Worker’s Compensation, Human Resources
  2. Include travel authorization requests, as they provide substantiating documentation and may be useful in the verification of claims
  3. Failure to comply with university motor vehicle regulations, such as speed limits and use of seat belts, may result in reduced workers’ compensation benefits should an accident occur while on official business

Definitions

University Traveler

The following are considered allowable University travelers when performing authorized travel:

  1. Both full-time and part-time employees of the University
  2. University consultants or advisors
  3. Candidates for University executive or professional positions
  4. University students – expenses incurred by students are reimbursable if they are specifically authorized by fellowship, contract, grant or when a clear University business purpose is provided

Last Reviewed

05/01/2020: reviewed content

Resources

Unemployment and Worker’s Compensation

Toolkits

UF HR Toolkit – Travel and Expense Module

Contacts

Travel & Employee Reimbursements: (352) 392-1241

travel@ufl.edu

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