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Return-To-Work Programs: The Key To Minimizing Lost Workdays For Injured Employees

Webinar: ID# 1023843
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About This Course:
A comprehensive return-to-work (RTW) program can help an organization lower workers’ compensation costs, such as temporary disability benefits, medical and rehabilitation treatment and re-training costs.

Getting employees back to work in a timely manner can have a positive impact on workplace productivity as well, and boost worker morale for that employee and their coworkers.

However, setting up a successful RTW program requires a significant level of effort to ensure success. If you act too quickly to return an injured or sick employee to work, you run the risk of putting that worker in a position to re-injure or exacerbate the condition that landed him or her out of work in the first place. Also, you may have to deal with a variety of different compliance obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and state workers’ compensation law.

Join us for an in-depth webinar on developing and managing an effective RTW process.

You’ll learn:
  • How OSHA recordkeeping reporting requirements relate to return to work (RTW) strategies
  • The impact intersecting compliance obligations under the ADA, FMLA, OSHA, and workers’ compensation law may have on how you approach the RTW process based on an employee’s particular circumstances
  • How to identify and communicate the benefits of a comprehensive RTW program
  • Key elements to include in your RTW program
  • RTW strategies that work, and strategies that can backfire
  • How to prepare a RTW policy and get critical buy-in from company executives
  • Tips for evaluating whether your current RTW process is meeting the mark or needs improvement
  • The key stakeholders that should be involved in the development and implementation of your RTW program—from safety, medical (in-house and out sourced), legal, HR, production, and maintenance staff—and their respective roles
  • Strategies for working closely with medical providers and treating physicians without crossing the legal line
  • How to document requirements for permanent and transitional jobs to better work with medical staff
  • Best practices for communicating with supervisors so they understand and follow the RTW process and properly address employees’ medical limitations
  • How to prepare successful and practical “Individual Return to Work Plans”
  • Employee and union concerns you should be prepared to address
About Your Presenter:

Susan Fahey Desmond, Esq.
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Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Susan Fahey Desmond, Esq. is a shareholder with the law firm of Jackson Lewis, P.C. She is a frequent speaker and author with regard to issues facing employers and frequently speaks on issues such as drugs and alcohol in the workplace, medical marijuana, discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms. Desmond is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading business lawyers.

Ms. Desmond also routinely counsels clients on a variety of employment practices, including employment contracts, workplace drugs and alcohol strategies and employee handbooks and policies. She conducts employee training seminars, harassment and safety investigations, and frequently speaks on employment-related topics.
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