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Worker’s Compensation – Myths, Facts and FAQ’s (Part Three)

January 21st, 2014
Do you know your rights?

Do you know your rights?

In part one and part two of our blog post series, we began delving into the highly confusing topic of worker’s compensation. We introduced basic facts in part one and continued by debunking common myths in part two. Today, in part three, we tackle the topic of frequently asked questions and deliver answers that are sure to aid in creating a strong and cohesive understanding of worker’s compensation.

Common Worker’s Compensation FAQ’s:

What is it?  This may surprise individuals but there are plenty of employees that don’t have any knowledge of the existence of worker’s compensation. Simply stated, worker’s compensation includes a set of compensation benefits that your employer is required to pay if you have an injury or illness that is directly correlated or caused by your work for the company.

What do I do if I get hurt or sick at work? If you have a condition that was caused by your workplace, you must report it to your supervisor right away or as soon as symptoms appear (for a developed disease etc.). When health conditions appear and medical care becomes necessary, prompt reporting will aid in the quick receipt of compensation and medical benefits. When you make a report, you will be given specific claim forms and various other paperwork. Be sure to complete the forms honestly and completely before 30 days have passed. Once 30 days have gone by,an investigation is less effective, and your compensation benefits may lessen or even disappear.

Is there any way to avoid getting hurt? Besides personal responsibility and judgment, every California employer is required by OSHA law to have a program in place for their employees for illness and injury prevention. These programs will vary from one employer to the next but should include ideas for correcting unsafe situations and safety trainings for team members. While the responsibility lies on the shoulders of your employer to create a safe workplace, as a member of that workplace you must share the responsibility in maintaining its safety.  You can do this by being aware of any and all workplace safety guidelines as set forth by OSHA and by gladly complying with those standards at all times.  Following these guidelines are the best way to prevent injury and promote safety.

There are dozens of other questions that are commonly asked in reference to work related illness and injury benefits, and while we may have only covered four questions today, we know the information will help in the development of your basic understanding of the concept. Be sure to check back next week as we wrap up the series with one final post full of even more frequently asked questions.

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

 Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at jps@jps-inc.com or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

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