Workers’ Compensation and Remote Workers
California employees working remotely have the same rights as those working on site. Injuries and illnesses that you sustain while on-the-job at home may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
Working remotely generally requires a designated office with a computer where you can connect with your employer through technology. The way that you set up a home office, however, may help in preventing common injuries.
If you are an employee and you hurt yourself while working remotely, California labor laws allow you to file a claim for workers’ compensation. Having a dedicated office where you perform your assigned duties may prove that you acted while in the course of your employment when you sustained an injury.
Research compiled by the Mayo Clinic shows that sitting for long periods could result in serious health issues such as high blood pressure. Scheduling a break every 30 minutes may aid in avoiding health issues brought on by stationary activities.
Back, neck and shoulder pain may develop after leaning forward over your desk for prolonged lengths of time. An ergonomic desk and chair may help reduce these injuries, but working under constant stress may result in muscle spasms, headaches and jaw problems.
A repetitive motion injury, such as one brought on by using a mouse or typing, may show as carpal tunnel syndrome. As reported by Fast Company magazine, strain or pain from repeated and excessive pressure on nerves in the wrist may lead to CTS. When numbness, tingling or burning sensations prevent you from completing your tasks, you may require medical treatment.
When an injury becomes severe enough to prevent you from working, you may apply for workers’ compensation benefits. Under federal labor laws, your employer cannot deny you from receiving benefits by claiming that you set up your office incorrectly or caused the injury.