A draft of a new ergonomicsrule sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration wouldrequire employers to provide employees suffering from ailments such ascarpal tunnel syndrome with up to six months of restricted duty with fullpay and other benefits.

This proposal by OSHA ismore generous than many workers’ compensation benefits, said Mark Lies,of Chicago’s Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson. The six-monthbenefit also establishes a time period not provided under the AmericansWith Disabilities Act, he added.

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