Light-duty job offers and workers’ compensation benefits

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2021 | Blog |

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2019 private industry employers reported a significant number of nonfatal wounds and sicknesses in the workplace. The numbers were over 78,000. Construction and manufacturing accounted for 4,900 and 11,800 of these cases respectively.

If you work in one of these traditionally riskier sectors and have recently sustained a job-related injury, you probably receive workers’ compensation. Your boss may offer you a light-duty position. If so, whether or not you accept it may have consequences.

The insurance company may suspend your benefits

Indemnity providers may cease sending you your compensatory checks if you decline a light-duty placement. You must at least attempt to fulfill the tasks of the proffered post. Otherwise, the law grants insurance companies the right to suspend your benefits given that your boss has filled out the right paperwork (Form WC-240A and Form WC-240).

Restrictions apply

Your treating physician must review and approve the new appointment. It cannot involve functions you are medically constrained not to perform.

There is an eight-hour minimum requirement

As of 2013, you have to work either at least eight hours or a full scheduled workday, whichever is longer. If you are only put on as a part-time employee, then you may have to fulfill the requisite over more than one day. If you have fulfilled the minimum and stopped before 15 workdays, then the insurance company must restart your benefits. They may still contest them in court though.

Management is not obligated to find you a light-duty job. If you receive an offer of one though, trying it prevents the suspension of your payments. If you do so and find yourself on reduced pay, you are eligible for temporary partial disability benefits.