Careless handling of caretaker’s return to work?

Employer was eager to get worker back working
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

This instalment of You Make the Call involves an injured employee who felt her employer took too long in returning him to modified work.

Valerie Wilton was a caretaker with the Toronto District School Board since 2008, reporting to the caretaking team leader. On Feb. 26, 2014, Wilton had to take off work due to osteoarthritis in both of her hands. Her job duties aggravated the condition to the point where it was too painful to work. She was unable to work for five months.

Wilton had her doctor complete a functional abilities form (FAF) that indicated she could return to work with certain limitations on Aug. 25, 2014, and forwarded it to the school board on July 31. The following week, she submitted a caretaker’s modified work assessment related to her workplace, also completed by her doctor that stated she could return to work three days a week on Aug. 25 and should be able to work regular hours as of Sept. 8.