When housing is part of a worker’s wages

A recent Eustis news development has brought to light certain aspects of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law. We thought it was a good time to revisit what happens when room and board is included as part of a worker’s wages under an employment agreement.

The story: Florida’s Lake County Commission approved a plan for a farm to build a dormitory for laborers from Central America. Liner Source Inc. is a family-owned, wholesale plant nursery. The proposed 46,000-square-foot building would house nearly 200 farm workers working on H-2A visas. On this kind of visa, laborers can work in the U.S. for up to 10 months.

What happens, then, if a worker is getting housing from his or her employer, and is injured on the job? Read more

What does workers' comp pay?
What Does Workers’ Comp Pay?

If you’ve been seriously injured in a workplace accident, the last thing you want to be concerned about is how you’re going to pay your bills.

Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to cover a portion of your lost wages (among other things) in the event a workplace accident has rendered you unable to perform your regular work duties. But what does workers’ comp pay? And is it enough to pay your bills?

If you are unable to work for 21 days or less, you won’t get paid for the first seven days of lost wages. You should receive your first check within 21 days of reporting your injury, assuming that you have been placed on either a “no work” or “light duty” work status and are losing wages.

If you are on a “no work” status, these payments are paid at your compensation rate (CR); If you are on light duty restrictions and are losing wages, your payments are calculated by a formula determined by your Average Weekly Wage (AWW). Read more

Workers' comp vs. disability...what's the difference?
Workers’ Comp vs. Disability: What’s the Difference?

If you are suffering from a workplace injury or occupational disease, it can be hard to know what to do next.

Conflicting information from your co-workers, your employer, and the internet can quickly leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused.

Will I be able to return to work? What if I’m permanently disabled? How will I pay my bills?”

As it turns out, there is a difference between workers’ compensation and disability benefits and you don’t always qualify for both. Let Brian D. Tadros untangle the differences in workers’ comp vs. disability.

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