The Tennessee Workers Compensation Act provides very specific and limited benefits to injured employees. However, many lawyers often overlook Federal Laws that can also help injured workers. One prime example is the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act)
The FMLA protects an employees job for up to 12 weeks. For the FMLA to apply the employer most have at least 50 employees and the employee must have worked there full time for about one year. Also, the employee must also be unable to work due to a “serious health condition”. If you meet these factors the FMLA can probably give you some protection. So what do you get?
The basic protection is that you can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. If you have a work comp injury you should, however, receive a check know as Temporary Total Disability check. In today’s economy a good job can be more important than almost any other benefit. As such, if you want to keep that job and you can’t work file a request for FMLA leave with your employer.
If you have questions about the Tennessee Workers Comp Act, the FMLA or any other employment law question feel free to contact one of our Tennessee Labor Lawyers today.