If I Work a Second Job, Does Worker’s Comp Pay That Too?

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July 10  

Will Workers Comp Pay My Second Job Too?

I have another topic for you that you need to know if you've been hurt. This this day and age lots of people work a second job. So a common question I get is, if I get hurt in my primary job, can I still work my secondary job? or if I can't work my secondary job, do workers comp pay me for the secondary job as well as the first job?

We talked about in another article, that when you're hurt with a doctor's note you're entitled to get paid two-thirds of your salary. But are you going to get paid two-thirds of both jobs or two-thirds of just the one job? Here's how it works right.

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Employer Has Been Notified

If your employer has been notified that you do work another job and you're doing it with their knowledge and permission and acquiescence. And the work restrictions you have, in other words, what the doctor says you can do and can't do is the same as your primary job, then you have a good argument. We would have a good argument to have 2/3 of your salary be 2/3 of both jobs. If you have a job where you have to lift 50 pounds all day in both jobs and the doctor writes you a note that says you can't lift 50 pounds in your primary job, therefore you have to be off work.

That restriction doesn't magically go away at your second job. You know it's probably not a good idea for you to work the second job no matter what. But if the employer knows and acquiescence, that you have the second job then we have a good argument for making them pay two-thirds of both.

Job Is Within Restrictions

What if your second job is like a sit-down job and it's within your restrictions? There's nothing in the doctors off work note says that you can't sit at a desk for an extra four hours a day, but you're not allowed to lift heavy stuff. That means the second job is within your restriction and if the second job is within your restriction, then I don't really see any problem with you doing the second job. That's pretty much how it works.

These Are Complex Situations

Many of these questions, unfortunately, it's a little more complex. I wish more of this stuff was a yes/no answer. But I guess you wouldn't need lawyers and I guess this stuff wouldn't get all complex and insurance companies wouldn't take advantage of injured workers if all of this could be written as a yes/no question on a sheet of paper.

But those are the guidelines. If you do have a second job, and the second job is easier and within your work restrictions, you can work it. But if it's similar between both jobs and you can't do job one. Well you can't do it a job one that means you can't do it a job two. Bad idea to go to work at the second job. I so hope that information helps you. 

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