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I Was Injured at Work During a Probationary Period — Am I Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Starting a new job is an exciting time, but in some roles, recently-hired employees are not entitled to some of the same benefits as their coworkers. During a “probationary period” — typically the first 30, 60, or 90 days of employment — a worker may not be considered “fully” employed. This status denies new employees the right to receive some benefits, such as health insurance or vacation time.

If you recently started a new job and were injured at work, you may be unsure about your right to recover workers’ compensation benefits. Is it legal for your employer to deny you injury coverage during a work probationary period?

What is a Probationary Period?

A probationary period is essentially a “trial period” for new employees. A worker who was recently hired may be scrutinized more intensely and have less freedom in their role. If a worker is deemed as unfit for their job, their employer may terminate them during the probationary period. Firing an employee while they are still on probation allows companies to move on to the next candidate before the terminated employee is truly settled in. Additionally, an employer may not have to provide severance pay during that time.

The terms of a probationary period often vary among different employers, but generally, new workers cannot access the same employment perks as their more experienced coworkers.

Your Rights Upon Starting a New Job

Your employer has the power to define certain aspects of your job, such as the number of sick days and paid time off you can earn in a year, the health insurance benefits they offer, and an employee’s ability to work remotely. However, there are other facets of employment that are mandated by state and federal law. Workers’ compensation is one employment benefit that is a right of most people in the United States.

As a new employee, you are entitled to the same work injury benefits and processes as your coworkers. Regardless of the length of time you have worked at your job, workers’ compensation is your right.

Employer Retaliation

If your employer is attempting to deny your workers’ compensation benefits because you are a new employee, or fired you after reporting your injury, contact Humphrey & Associates today. You are qualified for workers’ compensation benefits as soon as you start your new job. Our lawyer can help you understand your rights and pursue a claim on your behalf.

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