During the holiday season, many businesses in Georgia, such as retailers, shipping companies, hotels and restaurants, hire part-time, temporary and seasonal employees. These employees are essential to helping them deal with the increased customer traffic and business. Further, places like Christmas tree lots and Christmas stores, which are open for a limited period of time each year, rely on these workers to do business.
What happens when these workers are injured or suffer a work-related illness? Do they have the same right to workers’ compensation as full-time, salaried employees have?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration does cover work-related illnesses, injuries and fatalities for part-time workers. Under Georgia law, most businesses that have at least three employees who work full or part time or seasonally must carry worker’s compensation insurance.
Temporary workers may be covered by the agency that they work for. Generally, the contract between these temporary agencies and the company for which they provide workers specifies who pays workers’ compensation benefits in the event that one of their employees suffers a work-related injury or illness.
All employees, regardless of their status, have certain rights under both state and federal law. If you have been injured on the job or have become ill, don’t let your employer tell you that you aren’t entitled to workers’ compensation because of your employment status. Workers’ compensation can be a necessity to getting the medical treatment that you need to heal and to helping support your family if you are unable to work because of your illness or injury. Find out what your legal rights are.
Source: FindLaw, “Part Time, Temporary, and Seasonal Employees,” accessed Nov. 27, 2015
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