If you are doing the work of a full-time employee, one might assume you are a full-time employee. Unfortunately, this is not so. Many companies massage the rules to keep many of their employees in low-benefit positions while squeezing all the productivity out of them that they can.
Thousands of workers across many industries suffer under the unfair practice of employee misclassification, often robbing them of vital benefits and coverages, all in the name of the employer’s bottom line. Is it too much to ask that an employer actually treat employees fairly and compensate them appropriately for the work they perform?
It shouldn’t be.
Unfortunately, North Carolina is one of several states that have allowed this behavior to go unchecked for some time. In 2016, state agencies took steps forward to put an end to employee misclassification and make instances of the practice easier to investigate – still, the practice is not even technically illegal, despite costing many employees access to fair coverage for the job injuries and other benefits.
Why should it matter to you?
Employee misclassification is usually used to skirt around rules about which employees must be given what benefits. In most cases, these benefits usually come down to a few big issues – overtime pay, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation coverage.
If you’re pretty sure that you are covered, you may want to check again and make sure, before there’s a problem.
If you are injured on the job and there is no workers’ compensation insurance, you can still take your employer to court, which may ultimately pay for your recovery and other damages, but the process can take a very long time, and you need help the moment you are injured!
You have the right to be cared for and compensated after a workplace injury
Employees of every kind can get hurt on the job. If you have been hurt on the job, then you absolutely deserve to have your injury treated, and shouldn’t have to starve while you’re recovering.
If you have been misclassified, then you shouldn’t be. North Carolina has official procedures that can be followed to ensure that your employer classifies you correctly and offers you the benefits you are entitled to have.
If you have been injured on the job, the road to recovery can be a long one. You deserve to have all the help and benefits that are available. Like so many things, it is much more likely that you will get the best results and the fairest outcome when you have a team of people working for you and with you on your recovery.
No matter who you are or what your job may be, an injury on the job can suddenly make it seem as though you are unimportant to your employer. An attorney with experience in workers’ compensation can help you fight for justice and fair compensation, and make sure that your employer treats you like the valuable asset that you are.