Federal and Connecticut laws protect injured workers. According to the Office of Legislative Research, an employer can consider an injured workers' absence from employment as family and medical leave under the state and federal Family and Medical Leave Acts if the reason for the absence meets FMLA requirements.
Connecticut's workers' compensation law provides for payment to workers who are injured during the course of employment. An injury also may come from the result of a risk involved or incident to employment or the conditions under which the work has to be performed. Injuries may be compensated when it occurs during the period of employment, at a place where the worker may be during work and when the employee is fulfilling work duties or incidental work.
Connecticut, like other states and the federal government, does not have a law that specifically prohibits workplace bullying. The United States is alone among western democracies by not having this type of legal prohibition. Healthy Workplace legislation has been introduced in several states to fight this problem.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a preliminary report in September finding that Connecticut had 26 workplace deaths in 2013. This was a decrease from the 36 reported in 2012. The United States suffered 4,405 fatal workplace injuries for 2013. These statistics demonstrate that Connecticut workers' compensation is essential.
Connecticut workers have the right to compensation for injuries or occupational diseases suffered at work. To preserve these rights, however, a work accident victim must act quickly.
The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear an appeal that may set precedent on awarding and apportioning benefits to injured workers in the state. A former United Parcel Service (UPS) worker argued that he should receive full workers' compensation benefits for carpal tunnel syndrome even though it may have been a pre-existing condition unrelated to work.
A new study issued by the University of Connecticut claims that Connecticut workers suffer more occupational illnesses at a rate that is higher than the national average. This study demonstrates the importance of the award of workers' compensation to workers in the state who suffer long-term illness from their occupations.
A Connecticut worker who is injured on the job may be entitled to non-taxable lost wages and other compensation. Workers' compensation in the state is a no-fault system of insurance covering almost all workers, including minors, non-citizens and part-time employees, regardless of the size of their employer, their job, their employment duration or the number of hours worked each day.
A work accident victim may have very limited options for seeking financial damages. Connecticut's workers' compensation system may be the only avenue to obtain damages and lost wages according to a settlement of a claim by a worker who suffered permanent disability in a workplace accident.
The Connecticut General Assembly is considering two bills this session that would expand workers' compensation benefits coverage for mental trauma stemming from witnessing violent events such as the Dec. 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The bills would return benefits that were lost when the law was overhauled in 1993 to lower costs.