Unless your employer is one of the very few exempt from providing Virginia workers’ compensation coverage, your employer has a responsibility to keep you safe and provide immediate medical attention for you if you suffer a workplace injury. Here are some other duties of your employer.
Besides providing workers’ compensation coverage for employees, your employer must post a notice of compliance in an area, such as a break room, where employees can see it. They must also complete injury reports after an employee suffers a workplace injury and promptly mail them to the local workers’ compensation office.
Employers also must respond promptly to any requests for information from the insurance company or workers’ compensation board. They may need to furnish employee payroll statements or records of the injury, and they must do so in a prompt manner.
Failure to comply with these rules can result in fines or criminal charges (such as misdemeanors). Failure to provide workers’ compensation coverage will result in no protection against lawsuits, meaning employees have the option to sue their employers for any workplace injuries.
If you want to learn more about the duties of your employer for providing workers’ compensation coverage, contact a workers’ compensation attorney. If you live in Virginia, contact the Injured Workers Law Firm at 804-755-7755 and do not forget to order our free guide, Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia.