Does Workers' Comp Cover COVID-19?
Does Workers’ Comp Cover COVID-19?

Workers’ comp was designed to provide reimbursement for injury and illness

So where does COVID-19 fit in?

 

You probably already know that the workers’ compensation system was designed to compensate workers who fall ill or become injured as a result of their employment.

But as a global pandemic still looms, it’s worth asking: “What happens if I contract the virus at work? Will I be compensated?”

Given the novelty of the virus, the relationship between workers’ compensation and COVID-19 is not well-established. But Florida law and recent memorandums can give us a clue as to how COVID-19 workers’ comp claims are likely to be handled in the future.

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Light Duty Pitfalls Demand Compliance

In workers’ compensation, we often hear the term “light duty.” This is also referred to as modified duty or limited duty. After you are injured at work, your doctor may give you a note letting your employer know you are to work light duty — modified duties of your original job.

But what does that mean, exactly?

And what should you know about it to protect your rights and avoid risking your workers’ compensation case?
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Returning to work after workers' comp? Not so fast!
Returning to Work After Workers’ Comp? Not So Fast!

Every year over 2% of employees suffer a nonfatal injury in the workplace. Most of them are eager to get back to their daily schedule, but returning to work after a workers’ comp accident can inhibit or even worsen your condition if you go back too early.

Workers’ compensation insurance was designed to benefit injured employees just like you. But all too often, they feel pressure to go back to work as soon as possible after a workplace injury.

Don’t “suck it up” and don’t rush your recovery! If you’ve suffered a work injury, you need to understand your rights about returning to work after a workers’ comp claim.

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How workers' comp fraud hurts us all
How Workers’ Comp Fraud Hurts Us All

For some people, the temptation of collecting a portion of their salary while not having to work is too great a temptation to pass up. They may reason that their employer (more accurately, the insurance company) has enough money to spare and that taking a little “vacation” isn’t really hurting anyone.

But workers’ comp fraud is far from a victimless crime.

In this article, I’ll discuss what workers’ comp fraud is and how it hurts everyone (not just the insurance companies).

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Workplace Violence & Workman’s Compensation

We tend to think of workers’ compensation cases as accidents, But what about workman’s compensation and violence?

There are four generally recognized areas of workplace violence, according to HRDailyAdvisor.blr.com. Criminal intent is when the perpetrator isn’t necessarily connected with the company or employees, but is violent and commits a crime. In some situations, a customer or client is the perpetrator. The third type is when an employee attacks another at work; and lastly, when the perpetrator has a relationship with an employee, but not the business.

Reports show that professions like law enforcement and healthcare have higher numbers of workplace violence.
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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

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