On Saturday, Feb 18, I fell and sprained/ bruised my right arm - it was not a work injury. I kept my arm in a sling for 9 days as per my orthopedic doctor prescribed. As of yesterday, I no longer needed the sling. My doctor gave me a note saying that I could fully perform my duties but that I was not to do any lifting for 4-6 weeks.
My job is as an executive assistant and the bulk of the work that I do is typing and being on the phone - the heaviest thing that I lift is a ream of paper, which I can use my other hand. The HR department at work has said that I can not come back to work for the 4-6 weeks even though my job description
does not include lifting of any sort.
We only have 3 sick days a year, which I have used up. I have been informed that I could use my vacation time which has rolled over from last year or go on disability.
I mentioned to them that I had heard of a law, I believe that it is personal accommodations, however, they said that that only applied to workman comp cases.
I feel uncomfortable taking disability payments when I am able to do my job fully and would like to know if my employer is legally correct in not allowing me to return to work at this time.
Thank you for your assistance with this question.