“Good Cause” Termination and Ending Temporary Disability Benefits

by Michael P. Burns, Esq.

          Temporary disability provides injured workers with a replacement for lost wages they would suffer as they recover from an industrial injury.  But what happens when an employer terminates an injured worker who is receiving temporary disability, but who has been falsifying his time card?  Or an employee who is terminated for being consistently tardy in violation of company policy?  May the insurer end temporary disability?   What is the potential liability or downfall for doing so?  All of these questions can lead to a host of different answers.