The millennials may be the largest generation right now, but there are still plenty of baby boomers in the workplace. Boomers have just started to reach retirement age, after all. More and more and more will follow.
We are continuing our discussion of a New York man's dispute with his former employer over workers' compensation benefits. The employer accused the man of voluntarily withdrawing from the workforce by turning down a light-duty assignment. The employer asked the worker to be cleared by the employer's doctor and report for work within 24 hours. The worker could not comply for a few reasons.
It may sound a little pie-in-the-sky, but it is true: One of the objectives of workers' compensation is to get the employee healthy enough to return to work -- and not just because the employer will benefit. This really is about the employee, too, because the sooner the recovery from injury or illness, the sooner the return to taking care of family and friends and, in general, living a full life.