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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:
- Develop a RTW policy that includes a transitional duty policy.
- Sample RTW policy
- When crafting a transitional duty policy, ensure that it complies with this checklist
- Gain clear understanding of employee’s limitations and work abilities through the completion of a Work Ability Form by the employee’s physician immediately after each visit or treatment.
- Sample letter to the treating physician requesting a Work Ability Form
- Sample Work Ability Form
- Assist the employee during first days back to work, monitor work, accommodate medical issues, and address any complaints or concerns. Ensure documentation by filling out a First Day Call form
- Sample transitional assignment form
- Sample letter offering transitional work to an employee
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