Can you Quit a Job While on Workman’s Comp?
Workman’s compensation (also known as ‘workman’s comp’) is a type of health and safety insurance that provides benefits to injured employees while they are unable to work. Many people’s immediate consideration when they are injured is how much time they need to take away from their job to recover. There is, however, an additional consideration to be made when it comes to workman’s comp. Can an injured employee quit while they are on workman’s comp?
Can I Quit my Job While on Workman’s Comp?
Generally speaking, yes, you can quit your job while you are on workman’s comp. However, there are a few caveats and implications that should be taken into consideration. Here is what to look out for:
- When taking time off for an injury, you should speak to your manager and HR representative first. Before you quit, be sure to speak to your manager and/or HR representative about taking time off due to an injury and the process for applying for workman’s comp. Additionally, they may be able to provide guidance on how best to quit.
- You cannot be fired while on workman’s comp. If you quit prior to applying for workman’s comp then you may be subject to being fired.
- You are still required to follow the applicable workman’s comp laws in your state. If you are on workman’s comp, it is still illegal to quit prior to the specified period of time.
- You may be required to repay the benefits received. Depending on the state and the specific case, if benefits are received, then you may be legally required to repay them if you quit.
It is generally a good idea to speak to a workman’s comp lawyer if you are considering quitting your job while on workman’s comp. If the situation calls for it, then the lawyer may be able to provide additional guidance, support and representation.
To sum up, yes, you can quit your job while on workman’s comp. However, before you do take this step, speak to your manager and/or HR representative. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the applicable workman’s comp laws in your state. Finally, if necessary, consult with a workman’s comp lawyer for additional guidance and advice.