Creating a modified duty task list

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

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)