Just because an employee is working from home or another remote location doesn’t mean they aren’t covered by workers’ compensation in Maitland, FL. Just like with in-office workers, workers’ comp laws are designed to protect employees if they receive an injury that arises out of and in the course of employment.
One thing to keep in mind is that, in an injury situation, the remote employee has the burden of proof in providing evidence that their injury is related to work. That means, before they can successfully file a claim, they must show that they were acting in the interest of the company at the time they were injured.
This is an important distinction since the employer does not have control over the conditions of a home-based work environment the same way they do at an office. Our insurance agency encourages all employers to try to develop ways to improve the safety of remote employees to limit potential hazards. Some suggestions include:
Define Normal Working Hours & Job Duties – Every state has its own definitions as to what is considered a work-related injury, but you can better determine whether or not a claim is work-related by having clearly defined work hours and duties for remote employees.
Establish Home Office Guidelines –By creating guidelines and training on workstation setup and safety, you can reduce the chances of remote employees becoming injured.
Create an Outline of Remote Work Expectations – Covering everything from time management practices to equipment used, creating a detailed outline of what is expected from remote workers can help them stay focused and avoid potential issues and injuries