People who are injured on the job in Colorado may not be able to work for some time. Unfortunately, there is no workers’ compensation law that requires an employer to hold a job for an injured worker. In some cases, a company may have to hire someone in order to continue operations, and they may have the right to replace someone who is on leave.
However, the Family and Medical Leave Act can offer certain levels of job protection. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that workers’ compensation and FMLA can operate together, with workers’ comp leave counting against and employee’s FMLA leave. If an worker suffers a qualifying injury or illness, the employer must notify the employee that the leave will be considered FMLA, which can provide as much as 12 weeks of unprotected pay.