Temporary workers often don’t expect more than the opportunity to do honest work. It’s important for them to understand that, in many cases, they have the same legal rights and protections that other workers have.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 14, 2012
Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyer Steven H. Kantrovitz said today that a new law affecting temporary employment agencies provides important rights and protections to temp workers.
The most important provision of the new “Right to Know” law signed by Gov. Duval Patrick may well be the requirement that hiring agencies advise workers of their rights, including the availability of workers’ compensation if they are injured on the job, said Kantrovitz of the Massachusetts workers’ compensation firm of Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., in Boston.
“Temporary workers often don’t expect more than the opportunity to do honest work,” Kantrovitz said. “It’s important for them to understand that, in many cases, they have the same legal rights and protections that other workers have.”
The “Right to Know” law requires temporary staffing or employment agencies to make disclosures to workers about wages, hours, working conditions and coverage for benefits such as workers' compensation should they get hurt, according to State House News Service.
The Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation blog published by Kantrovitz & Associates provides more details about how the new law impacts temporary workers, he said.
Kantrovitz said many people who do part-time or temporary work are unaware that if they are injured on the job in Massachusetts, they may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of their status as a temporary worker.
“We hope temporary staffing agencies in Massachusetts will embrace the spirit of this law and make sure that anyone they hire who falls victim to a workplace injury or illness knows they have help available to them through the workers’ compensation system,” Kantrovitz said.
Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation claims are initially denied, regardless of the injured worker’s status, he said. A worker who suffers a job-related injury or occupational illness through no fault of their own should consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that their rights to proper compensation are protected.
About Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C.
For more than 20 years, the Massachusetts workers' compensation law firm of Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., has zealously represented the interests of injured and ill workers throughout Massachusetts, including but not limited to Boston, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth and Merrimack River. The firm also represents Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but injured out of state. The firm’s office is located at One State Street, Suite 1000, Boston, MA 02109 (local phone (617) 367-0880). To learn more about the firm, call (800) 367-0871 or use its online contact form.