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Remote workers and worker’s compensation claims

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

The shift to increased remote work has transformed many aspects of the workplace. This includes workers’ compensation claims. As more employees work from home, the nature and frequency of these claims have evolved. Understanding these changes is crucial for both employers and employees.

Changes in claim types

Remote work blurs the line between work and personal activities, leading to unique workers’ compensation claims. Common claims now include injuries from home office setups, such as repetitive strain injuries or back pain from improper seating. Additionally, accidents occurring during work-related tasks at home, like trips and falls, are also common.

Frequency of claims

The frequency of workers’ compensation claims has shifted with remote work. While some traditional workplace injuries have decreased, new types of claims have emerged. Employees may be less likely to file claims for minor injuries, fearing that working from home might complicate the process. On the other hand, the lack of ergonomic office setups at home can increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, potentially leading to more claims in this area.

Employer responsibilities

Employers must adapt their approach to workers’ compensation with the rise of remote work. This includes providing guidance on setting up safe home workspaces and ensuring that remote employees understand their rights and responsibilities. Clear communication and training can help prevent injuries and reduce the number of claims.

Navigating the new landscape

The impact of remote work on workers’ compensation claims highlights the need for updated policies and practices. Employers and employees must work together to navigate this new landscape, ensuring safety and proper compensation for remote work-related injuries.