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Light-Duty And Return-To-Work Programs: Successful Strategies To Get And Keep Injured Employees Back To Work Safely

Webinar: ID# 1026361
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About This Course:
There are a number of ways to effectively manage employee injuries and illnesses that comply with associated OSHA recordkeeping/reporting requirements and satisfactorily meet all workers’ compensation requirements. And, one of the more successful approaches, especially from a cost and productivity perspective is to implement a comprehensive return-to-work (RTW) program including a light-duty component.

Companies that have successful RTW programs with a light-duty component in place can reduce workers’ compensation costs drastically. These programs reduce temporary disability, medical, rehabilitation, and re-training and help get employees back to their assigned position more quickly, which results in cost savings in both re-training and job performance efficiencies.

But, setting up an effective RTW/light-duty program takes a lot of work and commitment at all level of the organization. Don’t let those hurdles scare your company off!

Join us for proven approaches to developing and implementing an effective return-to-work process.

You’ll learn:
  • OSHA recordkeeping reporting requirements concerning RTW and light-duty
  • Practical and legal issues you must consider under applicable workers' compensation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and
  • Medical Leave Act, and OSHA regulations
  • How to identify and communicate the benefits of a comprehensive RTW/light-duty program
  • What you should be prepared to tell company management about your RTW/light duty policy, and how to get critical buy in for the executive team
  • Key elements to include in your RTW/LD program—and how to tell if your existing RTW/light-duty program could use an overhaul
  • Who should be involved with developing and implementing the program
  • Successful strategies for working with medical providers and treating physicians
  • Best practices for documenting the requirements for permanent and transitional jobs to better work with medical staff
  • Tell-tale signs that supervisors are or aren’t following the RTW process and related medical limitations for a given employee
  • How to prepare successful—and practical—RTW plans for your workforce
  • Employee and union concerns that may occur
About Your Presenters:

Don Dressler
Consultant
Don Dressler Consulting

Don Dressler of Don Dressler Consulting of Irvine, California has been working with safety recordkeeping for over 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. Mr. Dressler focuses on safety, employment and human resources issues, accident investigations, OSHA compliance and workers' compensation.

Judy Lindemann
Nurse Consultant
Don Dressler Consulting

Judith Lindemann is a Healthcare Business & Clinical professional with diverse patient care services leader and family nurse practitioner expertise and extensive backgrounds in clinical, administrative, training and sales. Ms. Lindemann’s rare combination of clinical and business experience incorporates a proven track record of effectively delivering value to the organization through client and clinical solutions and services. Ms. Lindemann offers a collaborative relationship with physicians and clients. These skills enable Judith to oversee and direct policy changes, manage staff, train, and implement intricate client and company requirements.
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