In New York, workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide financial support to employees who are unable to work due to a work-related injury or illness. However, there are certain situations where you may be able to work while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. The ability to work while on workers’ compensation depends on the nature and extent of your injury, as well as the approval of the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Light Duty or Modified Work: In some cases, your employer may offer you light-duty or modified work that accommodates your medical restrictions. If you are able to perform such work, you may still receive workers’ compensation benefits, but the amount may be adjusted based on your earning capacity.
  2. Return to Work with Restrictions: If your treating physician determines that you can return to work with certain restrictions, your employer may offer you a position that aligns with those restrictions. If you accept this position, your workers’ compensation benefits may be adjusted accordingly.
  3. Communication with the Workers’ Compensation Board: It’s crucial to communicate openly and promptly with the Workers’ Compensation Board about any work you are performing while receiving benefits. Failing to report work or income could result in penalties or a reduction in benefits.
  4. Approval from the Workers’ Compensation Board: Before engaging in any work activities while on workers’ compensation, it’s advisable to seek approval from the Workers’ Compensation Board. They will assess your situation and determine how your work may impact your benefits.

It’s essential to follow the guidelines and regulations set forth by the Workers’ Compensation Board to avoid any complications. If you have specific questions about your situation, it’s recommended to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney or contact the Workers’ Compensation Board directly for guidance based on the most up-to-date information.