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Worker’s Compensation: Return to Work Toolkit

March 18, 2022

Return to Work Basics

Return to Work Basics

A workers' compensation program should aim to encourage and support employees returning to work through a Return to Work (RTW) Program. RTW programs allow employees who are injured on the job to perform their usual duties in a temporary, limited or light-duty capacity while recovering.  These employees are brought back to the workplace in a modified capacity or put in an alternative role until able to return to their pre-injury duty. Such programs ultimately help to lower costs related to employee injuries and keep employee morale and engagement high, which lowers the risk of employee turnover. There are five core steps for implementing an RTW program:

  1. Develop a RTW policy that includes a transitional duty policy.
  2. Identify a RTW program coordinator and educate supervisors about the RTW program.
  3. Determine job opportunities through job descriptions and modified duty options.
  4. Communicate with employees, medical providers and insurance carriers during the term of the employee’s injury.
  5. Return employee to work through transitional work and temporary work assignments.


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