May 22nd, 2020
If you read nothing else in this post, do not ignore this:
DO NOT LEAVE ANY DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT WITHOUT AN OFF WORK SLIP, OR NOTE CLEARLY STATING YOUR WORK RESTRICTIONS!!!!!
Here’s the bottom line- unless the authorized doctor has outlined clear work restrictions, you will be expected to go back to work. The employer will not pay you, and will likely fire you if you have no restrictions and fail to return to work. Likewise, if you have restrictions that they can accommodate and you don’t go to work, you will not get paid. For example, if your job is normally very labor intensive but a doctor says, “no lifting over 10 pounds,” your employer may tell you to report for work and answer phones. If this is offered, you are obligated to report for work. If the employer says they don’t have such light duty work available, then you can remain off work and will receive TTD payments.
However, none of this can adequately be evaluated if you don’t have a WRITTEN NOTE FROM THE DOCTOR. Often a doctor will say, “you can only lift 10 pounds,” but they won’t put it in writing. You must ask the doctor for a written note and this note must be presented to your employer to see if they have work for you.
This is perhaps the #1 thing that frustrates clients and me. As with other things in this system, “If it isn’t in writing, it didn’t happen.”
Call us if you are experiencing issues with work restrictions. There are many other nuances to this that require a case-by-case evaluation.
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