Workers' Compensation

If I’m a Contract Worker, Do I Have Joint Employers?

If I’m a Contract Worker, Do I Have Joint Employers?

Many people have multiple employers. Sometimes this is because they are working more than one job. At other times, it’s because they are contract employees. It also could be because their job falls under the umbrella of two companies. Your individual situation determines how your case will be handled.

For instance, there was a case in 2013 concerning a woman who worked as a housekeeper for the Crothall Services Group. Through Crothall Services she was contracted out to Novant Health, Inc. in order to provide cleaning services. She was assigned to work at Forsyth Medical Center. As she was leaving to take her lunch break, she fell in the parking lot and injured her left shoulder. The parking lot was owned and managed by Novant.

The woman returned to work, but was later fired for smoking an e-cigarette during an unauthorized break. Not only was the break unauthorized, but Corthall’s policy required that she follow Novant’s no-smoking policy while at the hospital. After she was let go, she filed a workers’ compensation claim against both Crothall and Novant. However, both companies denied her claim.

When she tried to appeal her case, the court ruled in favor of Crothall and Novant because she was only employed by Crothall, not Novant, and since she was injured on Novant’s property, she was not eligible for workman’s comp.

The problem here was that these two companies were not her joint employers. If she’d been doing the same work for both companies, the situation would have been different. An experienced attorney can help you navigate small differences such like this and help you approach a case in the way that gives you the best chances of settling in your favor. So if you’ve been injured at work, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

If you’re doing contract work, there’s a good chance that you do not have joint employers. Feel free to contact the experienced attorneys at Oxner + Permar for a free consultation to find out how this affects your case.

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