Can You Receive Workers’ Compensation as a Part-time Employee?
Employers offer workers’ compensation to full-time employees who get hurt on the job, but what about part-time employees? Can they receive workers’ compensation? Legally, all workers are entitled to workers’ compensation regardless of full-time or part-time status.
One of the most common employee benefits is wage loss benefits. Wage loss benefits compensate employees who have been injured on the job. Employees can receive compensation for wage loss, but the amount depends if the employee was able to return to work or his wages before and after the loss.
What Does Florida Law Say About Employee Benefits?
According to Florida law, employees are entitled to ⅔ of their weekly wages. An example would be if a full-time employee makes around $2,000 per week, they will receive $1,333 per week. But, part-time workers will make half of this or possibly even less. So, it depends on employees' weekly benefits, not if they are part-time or full-time.
All state laws are different; however, most states stick to the requirement that has to do with the number of employees working in the company. Some states require all employees to be covered with benefits after an injury, but others require insurance coverage for employers who hire more than one or two people.
Whether employed full-time, part-time, or seasonal, you may be able to claim workers’ compensation as long as you are not an independent contractor, freelancer, volunteer, intern, or photographer who is not part of a company. Employees who have taxes deducted from their paychecks are eligible for workers’ compensation.
Does the Type of Injury Matter When Applying For Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation covers all employees who are injured and need medical treatment. However, employers will cover your injury if it happened in the scope of employment, not tasks related to your job.
For example, let's say you are a mail carrier. As a mail carrier, you must drive to people’s mailboxes to drop off and pick up mail. Therefore, it could be covered under your workers’ compensation benefits if you were to get in a car accident or suffer an injury when leaving mail at someone’s home during your shift.
Most work injury cases receive workers’ compensation, but some may not. It is important to know the different types of employment and scenarios in which you may receive compensation. If you are unsure whether you are entitled to compensation after an injury, whether personal or work-related, reach out to Carrillo Injury Law today for a free consultation!