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Question added to topic Human ResourcesJanuary 14, 2010

Are employees required to clock-out when going to doctors' appointments?

I was going to a followup doctor's visit for an on-the-job injury. Should I be paid for that time?
Workers compensation laws vary by state, so I cannot answer your question definitively. Though, most states have a website from which you can obtain information on what your state's workers compensation laws require.

I can say that some companies do pay injured workers for the time that they spend at doctor's offices for treatment of work-related injuries. But, not because it is a legal requirement--more of a moral obligation in the cases of which I am aware.

Many states would require that the company's workers compensation insurance pay the worker for this time.

So, the first thing you probably should do is talk with your workers compensation insurance broker/agent/carrier and ask them what they cover in these regards.

Hope this is helpful.

Penny is a seasoned human resources executive and consultant with over 25 years of diverse business experience in advising enterprise leaders on employment-related matters.

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