Workers Compensation

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1. You are a human resources manager, and you have been asked to make a presentation to help employees understand how workers’ compensation works and their rights under the law. Create a presentation on workers’ compensation rights for the specific state in which you live or work. Be sure to include the items below in your presentation.

Define the mission statement or values that guide the specific state workers’ compensation board/office.

Identify whether or not the state has developed a model return-to-work program for employers to follow with their business.

Discuss temporary total disability (TTD) and temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits for maximum weekly compensation.

Discuss workers’ rights and responsibilities under the state’s compensation system and how this compares to other states.

Report any resources that could be beneficial to employers such as risk reduction instructions or links to the safety and health division for the state.

Indicate the process for workers’ compensation appeals.

Your presentation must be a minimum of eight slides. You must use a minimum of two sources, which may include your textbook. Be sure to cite any sources used on a separate reference slide in APA style (cover and reference slides do not count in the minimum slide count). If necessary, you may also use the slide notes function to explain slide contents, but this is not required.

2. Under the guidance of workers’ compensation law, the basic rule is that if you are temporarily disabled on workers’ compensation, the employer may not discriminate against you by termination or layoff. One exception to the rule might be if it is clear through medical evidence that you will be unable to return to your usual occupation. Another exception is if your employer needs to replace your position because of business necessity, though the burden on the employer is very high; they may instead hire a temporary employee rather than replace you.

Reflect on what you just read above and formulate a journal entry answering the following questions: What are your thoughts around this basic guidance? Should a worker lose his/her job if they are out of work and on workers’ compensation? Is it ethical to terminate an employee based on the two exceptions mentioned above? Should the employer be able to make the best business decision and replace the worker? Why, or why not?

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

3. Apply workers’ compensation management regulations and concepts to the following workplace scenario:

You are a newly hired environmental safety and health professional for a midsized manufacturer of widgets. You currently have three manufacturing facilities in three separate, but geographically close states. Because of unprecedented growth in the widgets market, your company decides to build another factory. One out of the hundreds of indicators the executive staff is looking for is which one of their current states they operate is most employer friendly. In other words, which state treats employers and employees the same when it comes to regulatory requirements?

Complete a research paper that compares and contrasts the differences between the state in which you live and two other adjacent states. In your paper, you should

discuss the differences and similarities between workers’ rights in the three different states (e.g., definition of employee, wages paid, weeks of temporary disability, etc.),

identify and explain the commonalities in the fundamental laws of the workers’ compensation system in the three states,

interpret the resources that are available for employers in each state (e.g., monthly courses taught, written guidance, employer rights, etc.),

discuss the types of coverage available to employees in each state, and

argue which state is more employer friendly from an employer’s perspective when it comes to administering a workers’ compensation program.

Be sure to use the tools provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC) web page. The webpage is located at https://www.dol.gov/owcp/dfec/regs/compliance/wc.htm. This page provides a link to the workers’ compensation board for each of the 50 states as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico. In addition to this resource, you should use a minimum of two other sources. All information from these sources must be cited in APA style.

This research paper must be a minimum of three pages in length and should be written in APA style. The title and reference page are not included in the page count.

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