Work Safe

Injury Management

Transitional Duty Return-to-Work program is a coordinated effort to return an injured employee to work as soon as possible after an injury. This effort involves:

  • Your company—providing work for the injured worker
  • A designated physician—giving appropriate and timely releases for work
  • Rehabilitation providers—performing job analyses of newly assigned and "regular" jobs, and for solving problems as they occur

Return-to-Work program benefits
Implementing a Return-to-Work program can benefit both you and your employees.

Benefits to you

  • Reduce indirect costs associated with injury
  • Reduce employee turnover
  • Maintain productivity
  • Increase employee morale
  • Reduce fraud and noncompliance

Benefits to employees

  • Minimize disruptions to his/her life
  • Maintain seniority
  • Retain benefits, such as vacation time and paid holidays

Best practices
There are eight key steps to take in developing a successful Return-to-Work program:

  • Establish management commitment
  • Communicate and raise awareness about the program
  • Designate a coordinator
  • Develop a written policy
  • Establish a physician partnership
  • Develop job descriptions
  • Report claims promptly
  • Identify transitional duties

For more detail or help getting started, download these helpful resources:

Return to Work Program

Transitional Duty Return to Work Guide


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