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Workers' compensation when you have several jobs

Minnesota has a great workers' compensation program in place to help employees who have sustained injuries while on the job. The system exists to help individuals who can no longer work keep themselves afloat. 

Filing a claim is no easy task, and you want to make sure that you send in every piece of paperwork entirely filled in. There are additional aspects of the process that can complicate matters, such as if you have two or more jobs. You may have sustained the injury at one job, but you have a second one at which you can no longer work. What happens when you relied on two or more incomes for your family and now cannot work in any position?

Determine your average wages from both jobs

, Minnesota does have a system in place to assist injured workers who have multiple jobs. To determine how much you will receive out of your worker's compensation claim, you simply need to utilize the Average Weekly Wage Calculator. This calculation considers how much you have made within the last 26 weeks at all the jobs you had. Most of the time, you can simply show your paystubs at your job, although the workplace where you suffered the injury may have other metrics in place to figure out how much to pay out. 

Understand your job security

At the workplace where you sustained the injury, your boss cannot fire you. However, the same protection does not exist at other jobs where the injury did not occur. You may need to use sick leave or vacation time until your worker's comp goes through, but if you cannot perform the duties of the position, the other boss can let you go. Some people try to work through their injuries to continue working a second job, but you need to be aware that this can negatively impact your claim at the other workplace. 

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