My question involves workers compensation law for the state of: California
My wife works for a government entity in Southern California, and she is a member of the union.
She was completely out for two weeks with a keyboard-related injury to her wrist. She did not ask for a workers comp claim at all, but got kicked up to this level anyway.
While out for two weeks, she visits the designated chiropractor every other day (chiro's recommendation) and was WC-approved for 12 visits, which he took full advantage of.
For two additional weeks, her chiro recommended her back to work, but on half-day schedules.
This entity (her employer) has a blanket policy of "borrowing" time from her own earned vacation time, until the worker's comp claim is fully approved, which her supervisor estimated at 3 months time.
Is this legal or approved activity in California? This is a material number of hours for us, 103 hours of time off has been evaporated over the past 4 weeks.
Also, we have not personally had this happen, yet, but she was also told that, upon claim approval, she will receive 70% of her time back only, not the 100% they took out. (103 hrs)
Is this legal?
Both of these things seem not-right, but I have been unsuccessful figuring out if either of these are WC-approved activities or legal.
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide, if you could be so kind as to include any WC statutes or legal references to your opinions.