Milliennials often have different opportunities and priorities for employment than previous generations. Whether they are working in the so-called gig economy for companies like Uber or Lyft, as freelancers, or working remotely in a stable job, many millennials are unsure of their rights as workers, especially when it comes to workers’ compensation. A recent podcast with workers’ comp lawyer Ryan Benharris shed some light on the situation.
The gig economy — workers’ compensation at Uber and Lyft
Across the country, jurisdictions are trying hard to figure out what to make of individuals who work for gig companies like Uber and Lyft. Drivers for these companies are generally excluded from workers’ compensation insurance through their employers, with many not even aware of what their rights are in such situations. Although these companies insist that their drivers are independent contractors and are therefore not entitled to benefits or protections from their employer, the actual cases are not so clear cut. Many states and cities, like New York, are working to legislate these parent companies’ obligations to their employees.
Workers’ compensation for remote employee
Another new employment area for millennials is that of working remotely. Many remote workers do not believe that they qualify for workers’ compensation for injuries that they incur while working from home. The truth is that, in most jurisdictions, they do. As a result, it’s important for employers to clearly lay out policies for their remote workers and provide guidance on how to work safely, including helping their employees to create ergonomic work spaces.
Clear communication on workers’ compensation
In all of these situations, the importance of communication is paramount. With so many new types of employment, it can be hard for millennials to understand their rights. By providing clear guidance and support for injuries on the job, employers can eliminate gray areas and do right by their employees.
Workers’ compensation claims for millennials in San Jose and Salinas
If you have been injured on the job, whether as a freelancer, remote worker, or “independent contractor,” you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Occupational injuries can negatively impact your income for years to come, so it’s important to pursue your claim with well-informed legal counsel. The Accident Recovery Legal Center has been protecting workers in San Jose and Salinas since 1984. If you need legal assistance with your employment, call 1-888-931-WORK (9675) today to set up a free consultation.