Can I claim workers’ compensation for injury while working from home?

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. tackles your HR questions in a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest professional human resource society and author of “Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.”

Questions are submitted by readers and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

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Question: I have worked remotely in my current position for the past two years. I recently injured myself while working from home during work hours. Can I apply for workers’ compensation benefits? –Chari

Answer: I am sorry to hear that you were injured! As the world increasingly relies on remote and hybrid working, new work scenarios will emerge, so kudos to you for asking this question. You might be surprised to find that you can indeed claim workers’ compensation benefits even if your injury occurred while you were working at home. To be approved for workers’ compensation benefits, you must first prove that you were acting in the best interests of your employer at the time the injury occurred.

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