Return to Work

A RTW program should begin before an injury occurs, by communicating to employees that the organization will offer modified duty positions to injured employees. Upon notice that a work injury has occurred, the employer should immediately file a claim, reach out to the injured employee, and work with EAIG and the treating physician to facilitate a return to work. Remember, a successful RTW program involves all levels of the organization. Employers should initiate the following:

Employees

  • Communicate that you are implementing a RTW program, and employees injured on the job will return to work quickly in a modified duty capacity, if necessary
  • Educate them on the benefits RTW offers to injured employees
  • Reassure them that the RTW program is one important part of a rehabilitation program, not a system to force injured employees back to work before they are physically able
  • Reinforce that modified duty positions are temporary positions, designed to accommodate physical limitations until injured employees are able to return to their pre-injury duties.

Supervisors

  • Involve supervisors in analyzing existing job descriptions to identify potential modified duty positions
  • Request input on ways to safely modify jobs for injured employees
  • Identify the physical demands of each position

Contact your EAIG Risk Management Consultant or Claims Representative for more information on implementing a RTW program and modified duty job descriptions.

Benefits of RTW programs

RTW Resources