Q: I injured my back while lifting at work and was unable to continue working. After treating with a chiropractor, my back has improved. My employer has offered me a part-time, light duty position. However, because it is light duty, it does not pay much. Will my time loss benefits stop if I take the part-time job?
A: Time loss is only payable when a worker is “off work” due to an industrial injury and continues to receive treatment for his industrially related condition or is participating in vocational services. However, there are other benefits that you may not be aware of. There is a benefit called “Loss of Earning Power” or LEP. These benefits are paid once a month instead of twice a month like your time loss. They are calculated after you submit to the Department your pay stubs for the entire month. Learn more about workers’ compensation claims.