I was injured at work and filed a claim. Everything went well and I had the surgery. Now I am on a light duty restriction for 6 weeks. My employer states they don't have enough light duty for 8 hours per day (maybe 2 or 3 hrs a day). The WC insurance company says it will pay for the time I don't work... no problems. However, my employer is telling me I have to use my accrued vacation time first because it has to be used by the end of the year. They say if I choose to get paid by the insurance company, I have to forfeit my vacation time. Can they do this? My view is, I have a work related injury and I can't return to my regular job for 6 weeks so how can they take that earned benefit away? I think I should be able to use my vacation time AND still get reimburshed from the insurance company. Thank you in advance for any insight you can offer.