RE: WC, FMLA and PTO
I don't know about your state WC laws but ours pay as follows:
No payment for days 1-3 off. After the third day they start paying and if they are off 7 days, WC goes back and picks up the first three days. If an employee is only off for four days, they are not eligible for those first three so technically we can force them to use the time but our state FMLA law states that when an employee is off for FMLA and they are covered under the state regulations (we run them concurrently), the employer cannot FORCE an employee to use any paid time. Once they run out of state leave and are only covered under the federal, we then can require them to use paid time but if it is WC, the insurance carrier is paying already.
Hope this helps.