Temp workers in the state of California may be receiving good news about workers’ compensation soon. Lawmakers are taking the law where no other state has before. California will be the first state to attempt to hold temp companies and subcontractors responsible for safety and wage violations. Up until now, temp workers have had no voice, and with no laws to back them up, it is no wonder. This may soon change and they may be able to receive workers’ compensation along with other benefits.
The bill was proposed the last Friday in March, and hopefully for temp workers it becomes the law. An investigation last year spotted a serious flaw in the system for temp workers. Certain companies allegedly go out of their way to hire some workers through these temp agencies and contracting them with other small firms. These companies have reportedly found a loophole to avoid full responsibility if the workers are abused or injured.
Temp workers were found to face an abundance of on-the-job injuries and be subjected to serious wage violations. If something does happen during the temp’s time at a job, it is the agency that is held responsible — not the company at which they were injured or abused. According to the lawmakers who have proposed this change, companies should be responsible for their employees, temp or not.
Any California resident who works in this economy should be protected under workers’ compensation and have other benefits available to them. No family should have to go without basic requirements because there are not laws to protect the family member who receives income. Those workers who have suffered injuries while on the job may benefit from reviewing the laws related to their situation and considering the filing of a workers’ compensation claim.
Source: probublica.org, “California Considers Bill to Protect Temp Workers“, Michael Grabell, March 31, 2014