Can I refuse light-duty work while on workers’ comp?

After being injured on the job, your doctor may clear you for light-duty work. This may confuse you if you are receiving workers’ compensation. Remember that no one can force you to return to work in any capacity. However, the workers’ compensation insurance company may stop paying benefits if you refuse light-duty work and you have been approved for that work by your treating doctor.

Before returning to work, you should receive a Form WC-240 and a Form WC-240a. These forms state that your doctor has approved you for work.