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No, nothing in the law requires an employer to create a job for someone based on their assertion that they were hurt in the workplace. That only gives them to the right to file a worker's compensation claim. Nothing about having a WC claim open requires an employer to give light duty work. Employers often choose to do so because that helps to limit the increase in their WC premium, but that's really only a concern if the claim is legitimate.
Regardless, you have no legal requirement to create a new "job" for this person.
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