Employers Can Alter Hurt Workers' Job Duties: Court

Law360, New York (April 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an employer can modify the essential job duties of an injured worker in order to keep him on the job and prevent him from collecting accidental disability retirement benefits.

The state's high court on Friday upheld a lower court ruling affirming the denial of benefits to a former safety inspector for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, letting stand a decision by the Contributory Retirement Appeal Board finding he was still able to perform his job duties.

The MTA modified...
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