Getting Injured Workers Back to Work in California: Return-to-Work Strategies for Success Amid Recent WC Reform Measures
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Most of the implementation of S.B. 863, which has been widely lauded as the "new and improved" workers' compensation reform package, occurred in 2013. The package, signed into law in 2012, contains a plethora of revisions intended to improve delivery of benefits to injured workers while reducing costs for employers. This is especially true in the area of medical treatment.
Full implementation of S.B. 863 continues in 2014 and beyond. To benefit from the workers' compensation reforms, it's important to understand exactly what has changed and how to use the reforms to your full advantage. Just as importantly, it is critical that the return-to-work (RTW) component of your safety program be well designed and effectively implemented to assure that workers are productive and overall workers' compensation costs are being managed effectively.
Join us for an in-depth webinar on January 29. Our presenter, a seasoned EHS lawyer and consultant who has helped companies effectively integrate the workers' compensation reforms into their overall program as well as provide expert recommendation on successful RTW strategies, will provide proven suggestions and recommendations to aid in strengthening both aspects of existing programs. You and your colleagues also will learn:
- Which California workers' compensation reform measures have been implemented to date and what/when additional provisions go into effect
- How to assure that you and your workers' compensation carrier are "on the same page" as you make the necessary and required adjustments to your workers' compensation program
- The relationship of RTW and workers' compensation with other leave, disability, and safety-related laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act-and how to manage intersecting compliance obligations
- The benefits of a comprehensive RTW program
- How to evaluate your existing RTW practices, and best practices for designing a successful RTW program going forward
- Essential elements to include in your RTW program
- How to generate the commitment from senior management for your RTW program by emphasizing the cost benefits of a well-designed program
- The crucial role key teams play in developing and implementing your RTW program, including safety, medical (in-house and outsourced), legal, HR, production, and maintenance
- Successful ways for working closely with your medical providers and treating physicians
- Best practices for documenting the requirements for permanent and transitional jobs, and the importance of having clear and useful job descriptions so you can best work with medical staff
- How to assure that supervisors understand and follow the RTW process, including how to get them to comply with medical limitations
- How to prepare successful and practical individual RTW plans
- How to address union concerns that may arise when you seek to return a worker to the job
- Strategies for finding and evaluating outside resources to help you in developing and implementing your RTW program
- And much more!
About Your Presenter:
Don Dressler of Don Dressler Consulting of Irvine, California has been working with safety recordkeeping for more than 15 years as the head of an agricultural trade association's safety and loss control staff and since 2003 as a safety and human resources consultant and attorney. He focuses on safety, employment and human resources issues, accident investigations, OSHA compliance, and workers' compensation.
Mr. Dressler serves as Risk and Safety Consultant to the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers, Group Safety Manager for the 3,500 members of the Attorneys and Accountants Association safety group sponsored by the American Association of Attorney/Certified Public Accountants and also legal advisor to the California Association of Agricultural Labor, an association of California farm labor contractors.
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