Hi, I was injured on the job and was under the care of a wc doctor for about 4 months. The dr. put me on light duty right away . I worked for about 3 weeks on light duty and found out that my company has a policy that states in order for a person to work on ld the dr,the company, and the employee must agree to the terms of the modified work. if any one of the 3 do not agree then the employee may elect to stay home with no loss of pay.
After working the ld for 3 weeks I felt that this was not helping me recover from my injury and informed my company that i was going to stay home to see if that helps with my recovery. Almost 7 weeks from the date of injury and after an mri it turned out that i had a torn minuscus and they sent me to an ortho dr. who said i need surgery and that he would put in the paperwork to get approved and that it would take about 2 wks for that to happen. Well another 7 weeks went by and after calling the ortho dr's office several times a week asking if the surgery was approved the dr's office finally got a letter of denial. So i have an attorney fighting this as we speak.
Then i come to find out that this whole time that i have been out my company has been using my accrued sick time to pay me.
So my question is ( phew about time huh ? ) can they make me use my sick time while under the care of a wc dr. ?