I don't think Wayne is perfect in matters like this but one thing that he says that is dead right is that Cronulla have an obligation for player welfare right up until the end of his contract, even if that is after the last game he ever plays for them, particularly where the injury was caused while playing for them
This is not saying they haven't looked after him appropriately, just a reply to the people who say it's the Broncos responsibility not Cronullas.
If a tradie hurts himself at work, takes sick leave, finds another job that starts in a month's time then takes paid holidays from his current employer until he starts with the new job, then it is quite clearly the first employer's responsibility to ensure his recouperation (through Workcover or whatever). You can't just say "sure he hurt himself working for us, but he's changing jobs so that's their responsibility now".
Yeah but welfare doesnt just come down to physical. If its in Jack's best interests to try and make the Aus squad for the WC, then Cronulla had every right to support him to do that. If that means not pushing for surgery and the Dr is happy with that, then thats fine from Cronulla's perspective because it is helping Jack further his career. Which is 100% a factor in player welfare.
Whoever said it is right, Bennett is very conservative with having his players play rep and he would have advised Bird to get surgery right away if that was what the dr's suggested.
They are just different points of view, neither is right or wrong.
Also, with your injured worker situation, its a bit off.
Generally, (depending on how big the company is) the workplace would refer the worker onto the insurer (e.g. work cover) who would contact a third party rehab provider in to do an assessment. So the third party would assess the worker and say "this is what he is capable of" and "these are the roles he is suited" to within that industry or workplace. The third party would then help with coordinating rehab and either - getting the worker back to the same job same workplace, different job same workplace, same job different workplace, different job different workplace. The employer has very little to do with it all, thats why they pay insurance fees. To go back to work, the worker needs clearance from a GP, which in this case - it appears Bird has clearance from the sharks dr, the aus dr and so on.
Now, If the employee finds a new job on his own, then as soon as the worker is no longer the employee of the original workplace, the original workplace has nothing to do with the employee because it is his choice to leave. If he is taking paid holidays (or sick leave? or is getting a comp claim?) until the new job starts, then sure, the employee would be working with the third party rehab provider/insurer/rehab clinicians in order to rehab himself. It appears that the sharks have had him assessed, had dr's look at everything and he had been given the all clear. If its the worker's choice to quit and move to a new job that is suitable, the original employer most certainly cuts ties with the employee once they are off the books. If you get hurt at work you dont take a paid holiday - you are off work getting paid via the insurer on a compo claim until you are cleared by your dr. or until the workplace finds you suitable duties or you have a graded return to work.
So all it comes down to is a difference of opinion from the dr's and Bennett's philosophy on surgery in the offseason for injured players.