Every month, a reader asks one of our sponsor legal experts about a work-related issue. These building trades law professionals respond in an Organized Labor exclusive. This month's expert is Zachariah Hansen of the Arns Law Firm. Ask Zachariah a question at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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I was injured on the job and have now been released back to full duty. Does my employer have to give me my job back?

The short answer is 'no' within the rules of workers' compensation. The employer can offer your job back to you, but Workers' Comp cannot force an employer to bring you back. If the employer does not bring you back you are likely entitled to a $6,000 retraining voucher, which then entitles you to also claim $5,000 from the California "Return To Work Supplement Fund."

If an employer does not offer you a job again, you may also have a claim under other laws, such as the American with Disabilities Act or Fair Employment & Housing Act. Every person's case is different though, so it is important to contact an attorney as early-on as possible to understand your rights. If you need experienced, knowledgeable, and aggressive counsel, call the Arns Law Firm to help you navigate the complicated world of injury law.

-Zachariah Hansen, The Arns Law Firm, San Francisco, CA
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Zachariah Hansen

This Month's Expert; Zachariah Hansen

Zachariah Hansen has proven himself as an indefatigable litigator who has obtained outstanding results for the clients of The Arns Law Firm. Zach was actually a student in Bob Arns’ trial practice class at the University of San Francisco Law School for 3rd year law students. After the class was completed, Bob was so impressed with Zach’s ability, great heart for the cause, and calm demeanor in the heat of battle, he offered Zach a job. Zach has been dedicating his legal career to helping people who have been injured obtain the compensation they deserve.

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