WORK EXCUSES

WORK EXCUSES – WHAT TO DO

A Work Excuse Proves You Were Not “Stuck in the House”

What is a work excuse? A work excuse is a document. It is usually a piece of paper.  Sometimes a work excuse is called a Disability Statement or a Statement of Work Limitations.

Most work excuses are prepared and signed by a doctor.  A work excuse explains your physical limitations.  A work excuse sets out what you can and cannot do either at work or at home.  A work excuse documents the fact that you are disabled from your job.  The work excuse should indicate whether you are totally disabled from working, or partially disabled from working.  At minimum, you want the work excuse to:

  1.  Be signed and dated by your treating doctor.
  2.  List your job related physical limitations.
  3.  State how long your physical limitations will last.
  4.  Clearly indicate whether you can, or cannot, return to your job.

Make Sure to Give Me a Copy of All Work Excuses

After providing your employer with a copy of your work excuse, make sure to give me a copy of your work excuse.  You can email me your work excuse, using the Upload widget within this website.

When your work excuse ends, ask your doctor for another work excuse if you need it.   Keep your employer informed about when you will be able to return to work.

Contact me anytime you have questions or you are concerned about keeping your job.”  Mike Burman.

img1

KEEPING YOUR JOB AFTER AN INJURY

Keeping Job After Injury Burman Law“Maintaining employment after an injury is a key concern.  In many cases, your employer is under no obligation to hold your job position open for an extended period of time.  This article provides helpful tips to help you keep your job.  Call me if you have questions.”  Mike Burman

STEP ONE: TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR TO SET YOUR WORK RESTRICTIONS

Tell your doctor what you do, how much weight you must lift, and the things you do that cause discomfort.  Your doctor will determine the temporary job restrictions for you to follow during your recovery.

STEP TWO: HAND YOUR WORK RESTRICTIONS TO YOUR EMPLOYER

If the work restrictions set by your doctor are not feasible to your employer, then ask your employer:

  • To reasonably accomodate your work restrictions by allowing you to work a light duty job within your work restrictions.
  • To allow you to take leave under a short term disability program offered by your employer.
  • To allow you to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act if you are covered by this Act.
  • Contact me to discuss a plan of action if your employer is not cooperating.