Returning to Work After an Injury: Gradual Return to Work and the Duty to Accommodate

If you have suffered an injury and been off work, you may be considering what will happen once you are ready to go back to your job. Will you be expected to jump back into your old position immediately? What do you have to disclose to your employer and co-workers about your injury? What if you aren’t able to carry out all the tasks that were part of your job before you were injured?

Anyone who has suffered an injury has a duty to mitigate their losses; that is, they have the responsibility to try to improve their situation. This is true not only from a physical standpoint (for example, an injured person must follow the medical advice and treatment plans set out by their health care providers), but also from a financial standpoint. Continue reading