Georgia law requires businesses with three or more employees to have workers’ compensation coverage.
Workers’ compensation covers an employee on the first day of the job. Coverage applies to all workers regardless of status as full-time, part-time, seasonal or temporary.
Proof of employment status
One issue temporary workers may face is how the employer classifies them. Many employers who hire part-time, seasonal or temporary workers treat them as independent contractors, although they are legally employees. Independent contractors do not qualify for workers’ compensation from an employer unless that employer has opted for optional coverage. You can challenge your classification as an independent contractor. An investigator may look into the business owner’s employment practices to ensure they correctly designate their employees.
Determining your employer
Temporary workers are often placed by an employment agency with third-party companies to complete tasks for a limited duration. In most cases, these employment agencies are the employer for the workers they provide to third parties. You need to know your employer’s identity when you file a claim for workers’ compensation or your claim may get denied. When you sign up with an employment agency, they should provide information about benefits and explain who is responsible for workers’ compensation coverage.
Workers’ compensation pays benefits to employees who get injured on the job. If you suffer an injury while working, you will want to claim your benefits to get compensated for medical bills and lost wages. You should know your rights so you can successfully file your claim.