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Light duty refused by injured worker; can she get workers’ comp benefits?

An employer offered light duty to an injured worker who had work restrictions. The employee refused to take the job, claiming it wasn’t within her doctor’s work restrictions, and she applied for workers’ comp benefits. Did a court say she should receive benefits?   [Read more…]

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Can injured worker refuse this light duty job?

This injured worker’s employer offered her a light-duty job. The worker refused the offer because it was at a different location and it would be difficult for her to get to work. After refusing the offer, would she still get workers’ comp benefits?  [Read more…]

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Worker rejects light duty assignment: Can she still collect benefits?

A juvenile justice officer rejected a light duty assignment after a shoulder injury. Her employer said too bad and ended her salary continuation benefits. How did the court decide? [Read more…]

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Can company require notice before worker seeks medical care?

An employee hurt his back at work and was placed on light duty. After working light duty for several days, the employee decided he needed to see a doctor for back pain. The company fired the worker, saying he violated policy by not notifying management first before seeking medical treatment for a workplace injury.  [Read more…]

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Worker refuses light-duty job because he’d ‘starve to death’

Here’s a unique reason for a worker to refuse a light duty assignment: A truck driver says he left the position because he’d “starve to death.” Oh, and he wants workers’ comp benefits in lieu of the job.

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Do offers of light duty have to be the same for pregnant and injured workers?

Action recently taken by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) changes when companies have to extend light duty work to pregnant workers. An important consideration: whether light duty is extended to injured workers.  [Read more…]

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Court makes it easier to prove retaliation in workers’ comp cases

An employee on light duty was fired when the company owner thought he was goofing off. The employee filed a lawsuit charging this was retaliation after he filed a workers’ comp claim. This case brought about a major change in workers’ comp law.  [Read more…]

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OK to exclude pregnant employees from light-duty policy?

A woman’s doctor placed her on a lifting restriction during her pregnancy. Her employer had a light-duty policy for workers injured on the job and told her the restriction meant she effectively resigned from her job. Now a federal court has weighed in. [Read more…]

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Did company fire injured worker because he was on light duty?

If an injured worker who is on light duty breaks a company rule, can you fire him without incurring extra workers’ compensation costs? [Read more…]

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The mouse droppings case or, can they walk out on light duty?

What happens when an injured worker refuses light duty? Does the company have to keep the light-duty job open forever? [Read more…]

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