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Workers' Compensation

Overview

Workers' compensation is insurance, paid for by your employer, that provides cash benefits and medical care if you become disabled because of an injury or illness related to performing your job. All state employees are covered by the Workers' Compensation Law. If death results from a work-related injury or illness, benefits are payable to your surviving spouse and/or other dependents. The insurance carrier for state employees is the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF)(External Link).

For additional information, visit the Workers' Compensation Board(External Link).

Accident Reporting System

NYS Executive Branch employees and Unified Court System employees are required to report work-related illnesses or injuries through the Accident Reporting System. It is not applicable for employee of the Legislature, and Public Authorities such as the Thruway Authority or other public benefit corporations.

Dispute Resolution Program (DRP)

The Workers' Compensation Dispute Resolution Program (DRP) is administered by National Medical Reviews, Inc. (NMR). NMR provides independent, third party reviews of medical records to resolve disagreements regarding an injured or ill employee's degree of disability in order to determine his/her ability to return to work.

Employees of the following groups are eligible for the DRP if the employee elects to participate in the Medical Evaluation Program (MEP):

  • NYSCOPBA - employees in the Security Services Unit represented by the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (NYSCOPBA)
  • Council 82 - employees in the Security Supervisors Unit represented by the New York State Law Enforcement Officers' Union, District Council 82 (Council 82)
  • APSU - employees in the Agency Police Services Unit (APSU) represented by the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, Inc. (PBANYS)

DRP Brochure - MEP Groups

DRP Appeal Form - MEP Groups