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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# 1034405
Live on 11/13/2018 from 1:30 pm till 2:30 pm or via On-Demand
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About This Course:
A comprehensive early return-to-work program is one of the most effective ways to manage occupational injuries and illnesses, improve workplace productivity, and boost employee morale. In addition, an effective RTW program can help an organization lower workers’ compensation costs – such as temporary disability benefits, medical and rehabilitation treatment and retraining costs – by getting workers back to work while they are moving toward recovery.

However, setting up a successful RTW program requires a delicate balance. If you act too quickly to return an injured or sick employee to work, you run the risk of re-injuring the worker or exacerbating the condition that landed an employee out of work in the first place. Also, you need to adhere to a variety of different compliance obligations under the ADA, FMLA, OSHA and state workers’ compensation laws. Clear policies and return-to-work agreements with carefully crafted and consistently enforced expectations for all parties are crucial for success.

Join us when Patricia Eyres, a skilled attorney, will discuss practical and specific steps for employers when working with medical providers and employees to return injured workers back to the job as quickly as possible.What You'll Learn:By attending this webinar, you will:
  • Learn how an early return-to-work program can benefit your organization;
  • Gain strategies for preparing an effective RTW policy and securing buy-in from company executives
  • Understand the relationship between return-to-work programs and workers’ compensation, ADA, FMLA, and other legal considerations
  • Identify the key components of an effective Early RTW program description
  • Identify appropriate transitional assignments and match them to the needs of particular employees
  • Gain strategies for carefully crafting transitional work agreements to ensure that they set clear expectations for all parties
  • Learn strategies for addressing ongoing changes in work restrictions while the employee is in a transitional assignment
  • Understand the carrot vs. stick approach: how to handle injured employees who refuse a transitional light duty assignment
  • Understand the pros and cons of limiting the length of a transitional or light duty assignment,
  • Identify best practices for communicating with supervisors to ensure they understand and follow the RTW process and properly address employees’ medical limitations
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Light Duty And Return-To-Work Programs: Successful Strategies To Get And Keep Injured Employees Back To Work Safely
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