A lot has changed in the past 10 years when it comes to employment models. The standard of reporting to a company site to fulfill the work has changed dramatically. According to one analysis of U.S. Census data, the population of regular business employees that works some time from home has increased 140 percent since 2005.
This can raise some interesting issues for employers and employees alike. For example, consider a scenario in which an employee chooses to work from home and is injured during business hours. Under Alabama workers’ compensation law, every employee is entitled to claim the benefits required by statute if they suffer injury in the scope of their work. What are the chances of a denied claim?
The answer isn’t an easy one to provide. Every case is different and the details of each and how they’re interpreted can have a significant influence on what happens. To obtain an optimal outcome, injured workers owe it to themselves to consult with experienced counsel to understand their rights and options.
What makes the hypothetical situation above potentially challenging is the lack of direct monitoring an employer might usually enjoy. As an at-home worker, you may know that the injury you suffered happened as a result of your job. But if there is a chance it occurred when you were performing a personal chore in the kitchen or garage, your employer could challenge whether your claim is valid under the law.
In light of that; some employers have taken to requiring agreements related to telecommuting work with specific provisions. These could include:
- Setting specific hours for business activity.
- Requiring that you time out of business systems during meals and other breaks.
- Insisting that you work in a properly set up workspace that fits established safety standards, including those dealing with ergonomics.
There is a lot at stake for you and your family if you are injured on the job. To recover the full measure of benefits due under workers’ compensation, you need certainty that your claim is on solid footing.