A: No. There is no legal requirement under workers’ compensation that an employer provide any sort of light, modified, or alternative work if an injured worker is restricted from performing his or her regular work. However, many insurance companies require return-to-work programs to receive the best premium rates. Additionally, statistics show that injured workers who are given some work to do by the employer tend to recover faster and return to work on a permanent basis in a more timely fashion. Do understand that workers compensation is a state law, and state laws vary. Please check with Employers Council to learn about state law differences.
Q & A – Does workers’ compensation law require that I provide light duty work for an injured worker?