Returning to Work After Recovering From an Injury

Examples of things a company may provide a returning injured employee:: * Aids or assistance * Flexible schedule * Modified job responsibilities Employees who become partially disabled due to a work injury are entitled to transitional work, which provides a light work load before moving on to general job duties. If employers are not accommodating an employee by providing an alternate temporary role until they are capable of their typical job duties, the worker may continue receiving workers' comp benefits. If the employer does offer an alternate role and the injured worker declines, the worker is now out of a job and is unable to receive workers' comp benefits. The employee and employer ideally should be working together toward maintaining employment. All companies should have return to work policy and procedures that detail the processes that injured employees must follow when they return to work. Communication is important when returning to work after an injury. Employees should keep employers informed of their progress and inform them of an estimated return to work date. Return to work policy and procedures should analyze the number and types of on-the-job injuries over the period of several years. Each position within the company should be analyzed with a list of main job duties that each position entails. Through these descriptions, employers may identify jobs that are light duty and may be suitable for injured workers returning to the workplace. The above is just an excerpt - read the entire piece here: