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Medical - Light Duties
Hi HR practitioners,
We have a worker who was given Light Duty medical chit by a specialist doctor from the hospital. During office hours, we only let him walk around to inspect and check on equipment instead of his normal job scope that require more hands-on hard labour work.
Would like to know whether can we allow him to work overtime?
REPLIES & COMMENTS
Why not? so long it is still light duties. But check with staff if the extended working hours is going strained his health condition in anyway. Get employee's consent.
Our company does not allow, the employee must have enough rest.
The Employment Act does not cover such, and thus as long as he/she is certified fit to work, mutual agreement to overtime is allowed. However, taking the "common sense" approach, he/she must be not feeling very well and thus consulted a doctor. For the well-being of the worker, he/she should not be given Overtime but go home on time to rest.
Do also note that if he/she is scheduled to do Overtime, there is an increase chance of work injury. In terms of worker productivity, I think it goes without saying.