If at some point during your recovery froma work injury, the doctor states, Mr.
Smith or Mrs.
Smith, you're eligible to go backto light-duty status, with restricted lifting, bending, squatting, such as those type ofrestrictions, but those restrictions don't meet the qualifications of your full-dutyjob.
Then the obligation switches to your employer.
They have the right to try to find a positionwithin the company that adheres to your doctor's restrictions.
Or if they can't, and you continue to be offof work and receive your off-work benefit pay, which is your TTD benefit pay, whichas we discussed earlier, is 67 percent or two-thirds of your gross pay per week.
Now there is exceptions to this rule.
Let's state that your job says okay, we canaccommodate these light-duty restrictions, but instead of coming back 40 hours a week,which was your normal work week, we can only accommodate you at 20 hours a week.
So you're losing 20 hours of pay.
In this case, you're protected.
You get a benefit which is called TPD.
And what that means is that if you're reduced,meaning the amount of money that you are receiving is less than before because of restrictedhours, or because of less pay because of a new position, you get two-thirds of the differenceof that pay.
And what I mean by that is to break it downto mathematics is let's say you had gross pay per week of $600 a week before you wereinjured.
And let's say while you're off of work andyou're recovering and they have you back to light duty at 20 hours a week, instead ofmaking $600 a week, you're now making $300 a week.
That's a $300 difference between your grosspay before and your gross pay afterwards.
The law states that you're entitled to two-thirdsof that difference in pay.
So if you're losing $300 because they reducedyour hours, two-thirds of that pay would be $200.
So you get your $300 for working 20 hoursa week, and you'd get an additional $200 from workers' compensation for the differentialin pay that you are losing because you are on restricted duty and/or restricted hours.