Definition of Restricted Duty or Work
Restricted duty or work is a term that is used for work that an injured worker is able to do before they are fully recovered and able to return to the job they had before they were injured. It is also referred to as light duty work or transitional work. As an injured worker recovers from their injury, that worker may get to a point where they are able to do what the doctor refers to as restricted duty or work. It is work that an injured worker is able to do with their work restrictions while they are recovering from their injury.
In most instances, restricted duty or work is not a regular or permanent position. It is intended to be temporary work until an injured worker has fully recovered and is able to return to the job they had before their injury. When a worker is able to do restricted duty or work, an employer is required to provide such work if a position is available. While an injured worker is not required to accept restricted duty or work, in some states, whether it is accepted or not may affect permanent disability benefits.