Determining Work Restrictions and Appropriate DutiesAn employee’s fitness to return to work, with or without restrictions, is left to the discretion of the worker’s doctor. Only a physician can set restrictions, and he can do so by filling out a work status report after an appointment. The employee himself cannot determine the limitations of his work; employers are bound only by the report of a doctor. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the employee to share the physician’s recommendations with his employer within one business day of the appointment. This allows the employer time to consider the restrictions and find appropriate work for the injured employee.
Employers Are Required to Comply With Restrictions After an InjuryIf an employee is injured and is limited in his ability to perform job duties by a doctor, Iowa employers are required to comply with the restrictions. If they cannot do so, they must allow the employee to remain out of work and receive weekly temporary total disability benefits. There are many modifications that an employer may be able to arrange to meet the new restrictions. Some of the most common modifications employers make to comply with restrictions include:
- Light duty work
- Reduced workload
- Use of adaptive equipment