What Employee Benefits are Required?
The federal government has mandated certain allowances and requirements for businesses who offer employee benefits. At times, these regulations may create confusion when viewed in accordance with local and state policies. When considering New Jersey workers comp plans, there are times when an employee is faced with several options concerning their rights and protections. Here is how you navigate those waters.
Primarily the Family and Medical Leave Act offers employees protected job-related leave for a variety of reasons. Many commonly regard this as applicable to expectant mothers and fathers, critical illness and things that are not job-related injuries. However, a workplace injury that might have long-term, recovery needs of multiple weekly appointments or treatment that creates numerous absences causes some concern and questions.
Although FMLA doesn't include compensation, it does offer protected leave. With New Jersey workers comp, compensation and healthcare are required, but job protection does not have to be guaranteed. With the above-mentioned scenario, both protections are applicable unless the employee refuses light duty replacement employment with the company, and therefore is only entitled to FMLA and not necessarily full compensation according to their workers comp benefits.
It is always helpful to consult with your insurance carried concerning the liabilities that your company is responsible for, just as an individual should fully understand their entitlements when experiencing long-term illness or injury that may or may not be work-related.