No need to go to extremes to protect disability benefit

Injured nurse limited to part-timer benefits
|Canadian Employment Law Today

If an employee is disabled, how far does the employer have to go to preserve that employee’s benefits? Is the employer obliged to find that employee full-time work to preserve the employee’s maximum long-term disability benefits?

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently faced this question in the case of Barbara Smith, a nurse at Edmonton’s Royal Alexandria Hospital.

Smith had worked full-time at the Royal Alexandria when she became disabled by a non-work related condition. She attempted to return to work under a program funded by the hospital’s long-term disability insurer, but she was too injured to complete the program.