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Creating a modified duty task list

Modified duty is a temporary restructuring and may include modification of essential
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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?

Related materials available for order:

Employer's Guide to Cost Containment Certification booklet (English)

Certificación en Contención de Costos: Guía del Asegurado y Cuaderno de Trabajo (Spanish)

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