What If I Work Part-Time in Fort Bend TX? Can I File For Workers Comp?
Part-time workers often wonder if they can receive worker’s compensation insurance benefits, due to the fact that part-time workers only receive a part-time wage, as well as, full-time employees receiving certain benefits not available to part-time employees.
Part-Time Workers Can Be Eligible for Worker’s Compensation
In the state of Texas, an employer who opts to give benefits to a full-time worker, will also give benefits to a part-time employee.
A part-time worker works less than a full-time week (or less than 35-40 hours in a week).
Calculations For Benefit Amounts For Part-Time Workers
When figuring out how much compensation an injured part-time worker will receive, the formula is very similar to figuring out the benefits amount for an injured full-time worker.
In order to get the average weekly wage, the last 13 consecutive weeks’ of pay before the injured occurred is added up, and then divided by 13.
If the employee did not hold the same position within the previous 13 weeks prior to the injury or if the worker’s average pay is not able to be calculated, the average weekly wage for the injured employee can be decided upon by looking at someone else’s weekly average wage who has been in a similar situation.
In certain cases, there may not be a comparable employee to calculate the weekly wage, if this is the case, then the average weekly wage can be determined by looking at an employee from another company with a similar situation.
Certain types of worker’s compensation benefits for injured part-time workers are calculated differently.
In the cases that an injured part-time worker needs benefits like impairment income benefits, lifetime income benefits, supplemental income benefits, and death benefits, they take the average weekly wage, calculate it based on the specific benefit, take the amount and adjust it to the weekly wage level of the worker, if the worker was working a full-time work week.