New to the site, question about light duty

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by Swngdrvr, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Swngdrvr

    Swngdrvr Member

    Hey guys, I've been lurking around the site for a while, and check in from time to time to see the opinions of the people on here about certain issues. Most people on here seem pretty knowledgeable. So I'm hoping you guys will know how to answer this. Sorry for the length of this post.

    I am a full time M-F swing for express and was injured on a route in July. I told my manager, went to the doctor the same day after work, and was given restrictions about how much I could lift and for how long throughout the day. I told my manager said restrictions, and was immediately told I couldn't work because fedex express doesn't offer light duty. The worker's comp people called me, I told them I was out of work, and things proceeded as they should. I used my 5 sick days to cover the first week, then worker's comp checks started the next week.

    I was told to do PT by the physician's assistant I was seeing. I did 2-3 sessions a week for a little over a month(without fully knowing what was wrong), and ended up making the problem worse. Finally saw a orthopedic doctor, who provided some different treatment and gave me another appointment a month out. I have no return to work date as of this point.
    Fast forward to today, my manager calls me to "check in", then tells me he wants me to start coming in to fix the hundreds of zeroes our DRA is spitting out every day. He said he wants me to work about 2 hours a day, in the middle of the day, and get through as many as I can.

    My question is, does fedex offer light duty, or is it station dependent? My concern is that I only work ~10 hours a week(also not sure how this affects my 35 hour minimum), and don't end up taking any money home after taxes, insurance, etc. comes out of the check, and then workers comp adjusts my pay to the point where I'm actually losing money to go to work.

    It seems to me like I am just a convenient solution to a problem they are having, and I want to make sure I'm looking out for myself since I know my manager and everyone else at fedex won't.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    FedEx management does whatever they want. Technically, they have done away with light duty, but if you're a favored ass-kisser, they might create something for you to do.

    Unfortunate, but true. There is no consistency to the application of policy and/or discipline.
  3. Swngdrvr

    Swngdrvr Member

    Favored, yes. Ass-kisser, no. I learned long ago that they do what they want, and I do what I need do to look out for myself. They do like having me around, we have a problem with terrible couriers at my station but I am not one of them.

    We have two people who do address corrections in the mornings for the current day zeroes, but now he wants me to come in and do the next days.
  4. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    You need to check in with Heavy Duty Judy!

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  5. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    If those two people coming in on Mornings are FT CRRS who are banking OT, tell him you'll come in to alleviate the excess OT in the station, if that doesn't work mention it to your SM... excess OT reduction is always a hotbutton issue, you might even get a BZ for your quick thinking!
  6. scooby0048

    scooby0048 This page left intentionally blank

    Well now, there's something else we have in common with purple!
  7. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Lack of Consistency, is pretty consistent across FDX. In a station with 3ops managers, we were recently told OLCCS automatically for lates(even if we have late freight) blah blah something about the system is automated now... Fast Forward 3weeks, 1ops manager is OLCCing their workgroup for lates, while the other isn't and lates are happening... at this rate we'll need to hire a whole new bunch of people.. ;)
  8. Swngdrvr

    Swngdrvr Member

    Those two couriers start at the same time as the rest of our doc sort employees. The majority of the corrections they do are docs, boxes don't get corrected unless there are no docs waiting to be fixed. Most boxes go down the belt and the belt puller decides where they want to put it.

    Those two both run DRA routes and get minimal OT, if any.
  9. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    I don't understand Docs/boxes, it's all done on the computer and can be done before freight arrives.
    But anyway it was worth a try... offer to be a truck refuel-er.. ;)
  10. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

  11. Swngdrvr

    Swngdrvr Member

    The way I see them doing it: they look the address up on the laptop, plot the closest intersection, and DRA places the stop. When the package gets another sip on it, the correct route label is printed.

    I just don't want to go in to do unnecessary work. They haven't needed me for the past 6 weeks, they shouldn't need me now.
  12. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    The only problem I see is if you "refuse" work, they will tell workmans comp "we tried to give him work, but he just didn't want to work at all" then workers comp will say sorry can't pay you anymore because you refused... they are playing a legal game, a crappy legal game, but they know exactly what they are doing.
  13. It will be fine

    It will be fine Well-Known Member

    This is probably the case. Light duty has been shown to reduce time off on comp. It gets people back sooner. If the doctor has cleared you for light duty you have to take it or it makes it much easier to terminate you.
  14. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Once you are injured at FedEx, you are painted neon orange and prepped for termination. The whole process is set-up to jettison employees who have been hurt.
  15. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Well-Known Member

    I'm an Express courier. When I was being treated for lymphoma my doctor approved my return to work, but with no heavy lifting. My manager arranged for me to ride my route driven by a new hire. I did the scanning, told him where to go and trained him. I was on light duty/temporary return to work status and wasn't allowed to lift anything heavy, such as overloaded doc bags.
  16. BigWork13

    BigWork13 Member

    I'm not understanding the problem. Doctor said you could do light duty. Fedex offered you something light to do. Work 10 hours a week and get paid for 35. But let's just turn this into how Fedex is a terrible company and they screw everyone on purpose. I'm very glad I don't work with any of y'all. Couldn't handle the constant whining.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2016
  17. Swngdrvr

    Swngdrvr Member

    Who said I would get paid for 35? The max they could work me is 28. There's no way they will pay me for 35. Even if they did, getting paid for 35 hours, after taxes, insurance, etc. is a severe cut in pay from what I've been getting for the past 6 weeks. So why would I just concede going to work to make less money all of a sudden?

    Finally heard back from him today. He wants me to come in and sign the paperwork to get me on the schedule, conveniently 3 days before I'm scheduled for vacation.
  18. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    The whole point here is that this is arbitrary, as in some people get light duty and others don't. I guess you haven't been around long enough to figure it out.

    BTW, congratulations Mass Wine Guy on beating lymphoma.
  19. BootsOnTarmac

    BootsOnTarmac Active Member

    Since your full time, I would assume your vacation will be paid out at 8 hours per day. FedEx will probably include this in your recovery time.
  20. Swngdrvr

    Swngdrvr Member

    Not when worker's comp is paying you. You have to work at least 10 hours a week if you are going to do light duty, no more than 28 hours. Worker's comp takes your gross pay you get from fedex, subtracts that from the full amount they have, and then pays 66% of that amount to offset the light duty wages.