Can You Work Part-Time and Collect Workers’ Comp?

Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to help injured workers cover their expenses while they recover from an injury sustained while on the job. However, what happens if you’re working part-time? Are you still entitled to workers’ comp benefits?

In some cases, Ohioans who are approved to collect workers’ comp benefits are also eligible to receive continued disability payments after returning to work on a part-time basis. Not all cases are the same and these instances are rare. If you have received workers’ compensation following a determination of permanent total disability (PTD) then returning to work and continuing to collect workers’ compensation benefits, even on a part-time basis, is fraudulent.

In this article, we’ll explore the ins and outs of part-time work and workers’ comp, providing you with crucial information. We’ll delve into the eligibility requirements and how to report your employment status while collecting benefits. We’ll also cover the potential impact of part-time work on your workers’ comp benefits and the legal perspective on this topic.

Key Takeaways

  • Part-time work and workers’ comp can be a complex issue that varies depending on your jurisdiction and specific circumstances.
  • Eligibility requirements and reporting requirements are crucial when it comes to working part-time and collecting workers’ comp benefits.
  • The potential impact on your workers’ comp benefits and the legal perspective on this topic should be carefully considered.
  • To ensure you fully understand your rights and obligations, consulting with a legal professional specializing in workers’ compensation is highly recommended.

Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation

Are part-time employees eligible for workers’ compensation if they are injured on the job? The answer depends on the laws in your jurisdiction and the specifics of your situation.

In general, eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits is determined by several factors, including:

  • Employment Status: Part-time employees may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in some cases, depending on the laws and regulations in their jurisdiction.
  • Type of Injury: The injury must be work-related to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Notification and Filing Requirements: The injured worker must report the injury to their employer and file a workers’ compensation claim within a specified period.

If you are a part-time employee who has been injured on the job, it’s essential to understand your rights and obligations. Consult with a legal professional who specializes in workers’ compensation to receive personalized advice tailored to your situation.

Returning to Work on a Part-Time Basis

Returning to work after an injury can be a significant milestone in your recovery, but it’s also important to understand the potential implications of doing so. If you are considering returning to work on a part-time basis, it’s crucial to remain informed about how this decision may affect your workers’ compensation benefits.

Working on a part-time basis while still receiving workers’ comp benefits can be a complicated arrangement. Your benefits may be reduced, depending on the amount of income you earn and the laws in your jurisdiction. When making this decision, be sure to consider the following:

Consult with Your Healthcare Provider

Before returning to work, consult with your healthcare provider. Your provider can assess your physical condition and advise you on whether you’re ready to return to work on a part-time basis.

Be honest with your provider about your job duties and the physical demands of your work. Doing so ensures that your provider can make an informed decision about whether returning to work is feasible based on your work injuries.

Know the Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations surrounding workers’ compensation and part-time work can vary depending on your jurisdiction. Reach out to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer if you need help navigating this complex legal system.

Be proactive in seeking out information about your rights and obligations as an injured worker. Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations surrounding workers’ comp benefits, and ensure that you comply with any reporting requirements or restrictions on your ability to work.

Understand the Financial Implications

Returning to work on a part-time basis while still receiving workers’ comp benefits can have financial implications. Your benefits may be reduced based on the amount of income you earn, and you may need to report your part-time income to your workers’ compensation insurer.

Speaking with a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you understand your options and make informed decisions.

Reporting Part-Time Work While on Workers’ Comp

Reporting your part-time work status accurately and transparently while receiving workers’ comp benefits is crucial. Failure to do so may result in the reduction or termination of your benefits, and may also result in legal consequences. It’s important to understand your reporting obligations and stay compliant to avoid any negative impacts on your benefits.

When reporting your part-time work, you should provide your employer and workers’ comp insurance carrier with all relevant information, such as the number of hours worked, job duties, and compensation received. Keep in mind that part-time work may impact your eligibility for certain benefits and may affect the amount of benefits you receive.

Legal Resources for Part-Time Workers

If you are a part-time worker and have been injured on the job, there are several legal resources available to you. One of the best resources is a workers’ compensation attorney or representative who specializes in your state’s laws and regulations.

Additionally, your state’s labor department may have resources available to help you navigate the workers’ compensation system. This may include informational materials, online resources, and assistance with filing a claim.


Navigating the intersection of part-time work and workers’ compensation benefits can be a complex and challenging process. Understanding your rights and responsibilities is key to helping you make informed decisions that protect your financial and physical well-being.

If you’ve been injured on the job and are considering returning to work part-time, be sure to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney or representative. Cox, Koltak & Gibson has over 50 years of workers’ compensation experience and offers Free Consultations. Call us at (614) 221-7381 to speak with an attorney today.

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