If you’ve ever had an employee out on workers’ compensation leave due to a workplace injury, you know how important it is to get that employee back to work as soon as possible. Not only does this impact productivity, it can also impact the well-being of the employee—financially, physically, and mentally. Getting back to work can even help the employee recover faster.
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects qualified disabled employees from discrimination. HR Daily Advisor gives you the background you need on who’s covered, what constitutes a “reasonable accommodation”, issues involving health insurance and medical leave, tax incentives for employers, and more.
Workers’ compensation laws have come about as a way to establish a means of compensation for injured employees while simultaneously reducing the amount of litigation against employers when employees are injured on the job. The workers’ compensation laws are administered on the state level, and the federal government has its own separate program. Workers’ compensation laws exist in all U.S. states and cover most employers, but most states have exclusions and limits that exclude some smaller employers. Check your local laws for details.
In yesterday’s Advisor, Attorney Matthew Effland outlined the basic requirements of USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act); today, two USERRA case studies plus an introduction to the guide many call the “FMLA Bible.”