Must an employer continue benefits for an employee out on workers’ compensation?
It depend. If the injury is also a serious health condition under FMLA/CFRA, then the employer is obligated to cover health benefits for the 12-week period while the employee is on FMLA/CFRA. . If an employer has a policy of continuing benefits for industrially (workers compensation) and non-industrially injured workers, the employer is required to cover benefits for the same time frame for an industrially injured worker. Generally, after this, the employer must offer the employee COBRA.