3 Feb. 2017

Workers' Comp Article by HGSK Partner John J. Beichert Published in Network Magazine

Posted By Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C.

Pennsylvania Attorney and Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C. Partner John J. Beichert authored a legal article recently published in Network Magazine. The article – Who is My Employer? Confusion is Frequent When Staffing Agencies are Involved – covers workers’ compensation law for residents of Lehigh Valley and the state of Pennsylvania. Specifically, it focuses on the difficulties many injured workers face in determining who is legally considered their employer, especially in cases involving individuals who obtain jobs through staffing agencies.

According to Attorney Beichert’s article, Lehigh Valley has grown into a hub for massive distribution centers and warehouses operated by major online retailers, manufacturers, food processing plants, supermarket chains, and other industry giants. Many of these large corporations and facilities utilize the services of staffing agencies to fill positions, as only a small percentage of the workers in these distribution centers and warehouses are actually employed by the company itself.

As a result of securing jobs through the use of staffing agencies, many workers are unsure as to who their actual employer is. Because it is critical to identify the correct employer in matters involving work injuries and workers’ compensation, Attorney Beichert discusses the rights of employees placed through agencies and whether they are covered by workers’ compensation benefits in the event of a work-related injury or illness.

According to Beichert – the answer is that these workers are nearly always covered. In addition to discussing their rights under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act and the actions they should take following a work accident, Beichert also delves into the rare circumstances involving workers who are considered independent contractors. He also places an emphasis on the troublesome issues involved in cases where workers are placed by staffing agencies, such as benefit denials, and why it’s critically important for workers to consult with experienced attorneys as soon as possible after an accident.

You can read the full article written by Attorney Beichert here.

John J. Beichert is a Partner at HGSK and the Managing Attorney of our firm’s Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability departments, as well as our Reading and Allentown offices. Attorney Beichert has established himself as a highly regarded authority in his field, and his publications and frequent lectures are a testament to his 25+ years of experience helping clients throughout Pennsylvania navigate the challenges of workers’ comp and SSD matters and the respect he has earned throughout the local and legal communities.

If you have questions regarding workers’ compensation and your rights after a workplace accident, Attorney Beichert and our legal team can help you better understand the laws and how they apply to your unique case during a FREE consultation. Contact us today to get started!

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