If a person has been collecting “lost wages” due to a car accident, does the employer have to hold their job for them when they’re released to work?

My son was injured in a car accident. Compression fractures to 3 vertebra in his spine. He has been collecting “lost wages” through my car insurance for 4 months and today he was released to go back to work. We immediately informed his employer and his employer said, “We’ll see. I don’t know.” He hired another person to work my sons hours while he’s been off work but has told my son since day one of the accident, “Of course I will hold your job for you.” Now he’s saying my son doesn’t have a job. How is this right? My son has been collecting lost wages for a job he now doesn’t have?

Asked on October 27, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

When someone collects


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