When an employee is injured on the job, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the state-specific leave statutes may confer benefits in addition to what a state’s worker’s compensation provides. Employers subject to the FMLA should consider how the law interacts with their state’s worker’s comp law when FMLA-eligible employees need time off from work or modified duty after a work-related injury.
Return to Work Under Worker’s Comp
Many employers contract with an insurance carrier to provide injured employees with worker’s comp benefits. When your workers are injured on the job, however, you shouldn’t take an entirely hands-off approach to worker’s comp.