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    I have an IME scheduled while I am suppose to be working that day. Isnt it true that they have to pay you for an 8 hr day, instead of taking it from your vacation time. And also, if I was to go in after the appt, and say, only missed 2 hrs work, work the other 6hrs, am I entitled to being paid for the two hours without them taking it from vacation time. Or should I just take the whole day off, and hope to get paid, without them touching my vacation (PTO) time off i have accumulated so far this year. TIA.

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    You must be paid for the time you are at the appointment. If you work 6 hours and are only gone two, you would not be paid 6 by your employer and then 8 by WC. You should not have to use vacation for this though your employer may charge it as a stop gap measure or to provide salary continuation for the portion WC does not cover.
    I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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      Here is the thing; WC will usually pay you for the time at the IME. Whether your employer allows "double dipping" or not is up to them. Some employers will charge your leave and allow you to collect your usual pay for that day and whatever pay WC offers. The law in your state does permit your leave to be charged, which is not the case in many other states. You must be paid for the day one way or another. How exactly that happens is not strictly defined thoug hthe usual practice is as I said; WC pays for the day and leave is not charged. Straight from the state website

      Q. Can an employer require employees to take leave time away from work for medical treatment of the employee’s workers’ compensation injury?

      A. Under the law, the employer may allow or require the employee to use accumulated paid leave, personal leave or medical or sick leave to attend to medical treatment, including physical rehabilitation visits and the rating evaluation. The mileage reimbursement requirements have been changed whereby travel expenses are paid to the employee if the employee is required to travel outside of the local or metropolitan area from the employee’s principal place of employment.
      I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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