Workers' Compensation

Benefit for City workers injured on the job.

This is a state-mandated benefit for workers injured on the job.

Employees eligible for Workers' Compensation may be entitled to leave, medical treatment, temporary and/or permanent disability payments, and supplemental job displacement vouchers.

The state-mandated workers' compensation benefits include:

  • Medical Treatment is reasonably required to help recover from the effects of the injury.
  • Temporary Disability Payments if an injured worker loses time from work due to the injury. The temporary disability rate is 2/3 of the employee’s salary up to a maximum rate set by law. For injuries on or after January 1, 2023, the maximum weekly rate is $1619.15. However, some classes of employees such as police officers, firefighters, paramedics, sheriff's deputies, district attorney investigators, juvenile counselors, and teachers may receive a full salary in lieu of temporary disability benefits when disabled from a work-related injury. Additionally, a City employee who becomes disabled as a result of a battery in the performance of the employee's job may be entitled to full salary battery pay in lieu of temporary disability payments.
  • Permanent Disability Payments if an injured worker has a permanent disability as the result of a work injury. The benefit amounts are set by law based on the severity of the disability.
  • Supplemental job displacement vouchers are available if the injured worker cannot return to the job s/he held at the time of injury.
  • Death benefits are given to a spouse or dependent upon a work-related injury or illness which results in death.


Under California law, all employers in the State of California must provide workers’ compensation benefits to employees who have suffered a work-related injury or illness. The benefits include both medical care and disability benefits to help cover lost wages through a no-fault system and at no cost to the injured or ill worker.