The law protects workers’ rights by allowing for work restrictions in MN. These work restrictions are designed to keep employees safe and prevent them from working when they are injured or when they are infirmed.
When a person goes back to work after recovering from a workplace injury, they might not have the physical capacity or ability to perform the same job duties they did prior to the injury. Therefore, a person might rightfully wonder how they are going to make money if they cannot perform their job anymore. Under Minnesota workers’ compensation laws, an injured person has the right to be put on restricted duty or receive wage loss benefits.
What if a person cannot do their job at all? According to law, the employer is responsible for making reasonable accommodations. For example, they should give you a different assignment. If the employer cannot make reasonable accommodations because no such type of work exists, they need to work with you on wage loss benefits. The point is that an employer cannot force an employee to do work that is beyond what their restrictions allow. Nor can an employer fire an employee for refusing to do work that is outside of their restrictions.
An employee should never feel afraid to tell their employer about work restrictions in MN. If your doctor is clear that your injury is work-related, your doctor should fill out a Report of the Work Ability. This form will outline work restrictions. It is important for your doctor to submit this form. You should send this information as an email. Save your employer’s response to the email as proof in case future questions arise.
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