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Light Duty and Return-to-Work Programs: Successful Strategies to Get Injured Employees Back to Work Safely

Light Duty and Return-to-Work Programs: Successful Strategies to Get Injured Employees Back to Work Safely

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Light Duty and Return-to-Work Programs: Successful Strategies to Get Injured Employees Back to Work Safely

Live Webinar: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn best practices for getting injured employees back to work safely and effectively.



A comprehensive early return-to-work program is one of the most effective ways to manage occupational injuries and illnesses, improve workplace productivity, and boost employee morale. In addition, an effective RTW program can help an organization lower workers’ compensation costs–such as temporary disability benefits, medical and rehabilitation treatment and retraining costs–by getting workers back to work while they are moving toward recovery.

However, setting up a successful RTW program requires a delicate balance. If you act too quickly to return an injured or sick employee to work, you run the risk of re-injuring the worker or exacerbating the condition that landed an employee out of work in the first place. Also, you need to adhere to a variety of different compliance obligations under the ADA, FMLA, OSHA and state workers’ compensation laws. Clear policies and return-to-work agreements with carefully crafted and consistently enforced expectations for all parties are crucial for success.

Join us on January 15 when Tracy Moon, a skilled attorney, will discuss practical and specific steps for employers when working with medical providers and employees to return injured workers back to the job as quickly as possible.

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Learn how an early return-to-work program can benefit your organization 
  • Gain strategies for preparing an effective RTW policy and securing buy-in from company executives
  • Understand the relationship between return-to-work programs and workers’ compensation, ADA, FMLA, and other legal considerationsIdentify the key components of an effective early RTW program description
  • Identify appropriate transitional assignments and match them to the needs of particular employees
  • Gain insight for carefully crafting transitional work agreements to ensure that they set clear expectations for all partiesLearn strategies for addressing ongoing changes in work restrictions while the employee is in a transitional assignment
  • Understand the carrot vs. stick approach: how to handle injured employees who refuse a transitional light duty assignment
  • Understand the pros and cons of limiting the length of a transitional or light duty assignment
  • Identify best practices for communicating with supervisors to ensure they understand and follow the RTW process and properly address employees’ medical limitations

About Your Presenter:

Tracy MoonTracy L. Moon, Jr., Esq.
Partner
Fisher Phillips LLP

 

Tracy Moon is a partner in Fisher Phillips LLP’s Atlanta office. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His experience includes representation of employers before state and federal trial and appellate courts in matters under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and a variety of state law wrongful discharge, contract and tort claims. Mr. Moon also represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board and other government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He counsels and trains employers on labor and employment law, including conducting on-site compliance inspections and in-house management training programs. He is a frequent speaker at various employment and labor law programs.


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