According to OSHA, staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for temporary workers. This is due to the “joint employer” relationship that is formed under several employment laws. However, when a temporary worker who is employed by a staffing agency is hurt during the course of work, the agency is generally responsible for providing Workers’ Compensation coverage. Due to the diverse workplace exposures of their client companies, it is quintessential for temporary staffing agencies to reduce or avoid wage loss claims wherever and whenever possible when workers are injured.
The best way to eliminate wage loss claims is by bringing an injured worker back to the workplace as quickly as possible with a light duty job. We have compiled a list of light duty job tasks that staffing agencies can provide to injured employees. Employers should make sure to get doctor approval and provide the injured employee with a written job offer letter before starting them on any light duty job.
- Opening and sorting mail
- Watching safety videos
- Answering phones
- Office cleaning – trash, vacuum, dust
- Shredding documents
- Taking online classes; may include English lessons, GED study, First Aid certification
- Making phone calls to follow up on past due invoices