This Summer, Choose Your Adventure
The start of summer break is only a few short weeks away, and whether you’re travelling to places near or far or planning for the best staycation ever, knowing what to do in the event of an accident, injury or illness, allows you to lean on your ASEBP benefits when you need them.
During your school’s non-instructional days, whether that’s during July or August (or even during winter or spring break), you should always contact your employer right away if you’re hurt in a motor vehicle or sporting accident, sustain another injury or become ill that would otherwise cause you to miss work. The same is true if you get seriously ill during a regularly scheduled school break.
Can’t I wait until I’m supposed to return to work to tell my employer?
Letting your employer know about your illness or injury right away, even if you aren’t expected back to work anytime soon, enables ASEBP to reach out and support you through your recovery. In some cases, ASEBP can assist with coordinating assessments and providing referrals to therapeutic providers in your community.
In more serious situations, or if you experience complications in your recovery, and are expected to be away from work for several weeks or months, ASEBP can support you by facilitating a gradual return to work through our Early Intervention Program (if you qualify) or start the Extended Disability Benefits (EDB) application process to ensure that you aren’t without pay during your sick leave.
The sooner your employer reports your injury or illness to us, the faster ASEBP can help you navigate how your benefits can support your recovery and return to work.
I don’t think my illness or injury will extend into the new school year, should I still let my employer know?
Absolutely! Sometimes, it’s hard to predict how long or in what ways an injury or illness will affect you. By letting your employer know right away, your ASEBP benefits have your back, even if you initially feel well enough to start the new school year.
If you have questions about managing your ASEBP benefits over the school break, we’re here to help!
We’ve also put together this short video about the importance of reporting injuries and illnesses while on a regularly scheduled school break.