Many companies hire temporary employees over permanent ones because of the types of projects that they do warrants times of peak work and less work. For the most part, temporary employees are treated as regular employees, save for the fact that they technically work for an agency and that agency has a deal with the client company. As such, things like paid time off and salaries are worked through the agency. How is workers’ compensation handled for temporary employees? What should you know as a temporary employee in the event that you sustain an injury while on the job?
The first thing to remember is that all temporary employees are eligible for workers’ compensation if they are injured while on the job. This is true for all employees and all circumstances, regardless of being temporary or not. The defining difference is which company actually pays out the funding for workers’ compensation. As a temporary employee, you technically work for your agency and therefore it is up to the agency to provide workers’ compensation should the situation arise, not the company that you are performing the work for.
That being said, there are circumstances where your injury may instead fall under a general liability policy that the client company, instead of the agency, has. This is dependant on the language in the original contract signed between the hiring company and the temp agency, so it by no means an across the board statement. Complications can naturally arise from situations like this, so if there is any doubt or if both companies are delaying your workers’ compensation by pointing the finger at the other, it may be time to consult with an attorney.
At the Franco Law Firm, we’ve helped many fight for and win their right to workers’ comp and we would be honored to help you do the same as well. For more information and to schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.