While you are healing from a work injury, your doctor may give you temporary work restrictions. If your employer offers you work within those temporary work restrictions, this work is called restricted duty, alternate duty, limited duty, or return to work with restrictions. Restricted duty may include a limit on the number of hours you can work each day or each week, or both. If you earn less than your average weekly wage as the result of temporary work restrictions, you are entitled to temporary partial disability benefits.
Note: If your employer offers you restricted duty within your doctor’s work restrictions, it is almost always best to accept that offer and give it a shot. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate a good-faith effort to get back to work. If it turns out you cannot tolerate the restricted duty, you can tell your doctor why and how the restricted duty work is hurting you. With that additional information, your doctor can then make adjustments to the work restrictions.