Recurrence of Disability [Employee Compensation] Law and Legal Definition

According to 20 CFR 10.5 [Title 20. Employees' Benefits; Chapter I. Office Of Workers' Compensation Programs, Department Of Labor; Subchapter B. Federal Employees' Compensation Act; Part 10 Claims For Compensation Under The Federal Employees' Compensation Act, As Amended; Subpart A. General Provisions; Definitions And Forms], ‘recurrence of disability’ means an inability to work after an employee has returned to work, caused by a spontaneous change in a medical condition which had resulted from a previous injury or illness without an intervening injury or new exposure to the work environment that caused the illness. This term also means an inability to work that takes place when a light-duty assignment made specifically to accommodate an employee's physical limitations due to his or her work-related injury or illness is withdrawn (except when such withdrawal occurs for reasons of misconduct, non-performance of job duties or a reduction-in-force), or when the physical requirements of such an assignment are altered so that they exceed his or her established physical limitations.