Modified duty is a temporary restructuring and may include modification of essential or non-essential functions of the job, limitation of working hours, changes in working conditions or physical modification of the work place, according to Workforce.com.
Here are a few things to consider when you create modified duty task lists:
- A task is a piece or portion of an existing job
- Modified duty is transitional, meaning as your injured worker's work restrictions change, so should the tasks he/she is performing. The tasks should match the work restrictions.
- Remember, modified duty is intended to be a temporary position, not a long-term arrangement. It can be part-time or full-time, and may be at a reduced wage.
When you create a modified duty list, start by answering the following questions:
- What special projects need to be done?
- Are there tasks that an injured worker can do that would free up another employee's time?
- What tasks seem to pile up?
- Who in your company could benefit from temporary assistance?
- Does the injured worker have special skills or knowledge that could be of assistance elsewhere in the company?
Employer's Guide to Cost Containment Certification booklet (English)
Certificación en Contención de Costos: Guía del Asegurado y Cuaderno de Trabajo (Spanish)