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

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

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

Live Webinar: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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.



There are a number of ways to effectively manage employee injuries and illnesses that comply with associated OSHA recordkeeping/reporting requirements and satisfactorily meet all workers’ compensation requirements.

A comprehensive return-to-work program is one of the most effective ways to manage employee injuries and illnesses while complying with the associated OSHA recordkeeping/report requirements. 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. Getting employees back to work in a timely manner can have a positive impact on workplace productivity as well, and boost worker morale for that employee and their coworkers.

However, setting up a successful RTW program requires a significant level of effort to ensure success. If you act too quickly to return an injured or sick employee to work, you run the risk of putting that worker in a position to re-injure or exacerbate the condition that landed him or her out of work in the first place. Also, you may have to deal with a variety of different compliance obligations under the ADA, FMLA, OSHA and state workers’ compensation laws.

Join us on May 16th with Don Dressler, a skilled attorney who has been working with safety and work injuries since 1969 who 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.

You’ll learn:

  • Why return-to-work is so important for organizations to employ
  • Questions injured workers ask, and how they relate to return-to-work
  • How to prepare a RTW policy and get buy-in from company executives
  • How return-to-work programs relate to workers’ compensation, ADA, FMLA, etc.
  • Best practices for communicating with supervisors so they understand and follow the RTW process and properly address employees’ medical limitations

About Your Presenter:

Don DresslerDon Dressler
Attorney and Managing Partner of CalWorkSafety, LLC
CalWorkSafety, LLC

Don Dressler has been working with safety and work injuries since 1969, formerly the President of a specialty workers' compensation insurer covering agricultural employers in California and Arizona, and a safety and workers' compensation consultant since 2003. Dressler focuses on safety, reducing injuries and workers' compensation costs, OSHA compliance accident investigations and human resource issues. He obtained his law degree from Stanford University, BA from Kansas State University, MBA from Pepperdine University, Certificate in Human Resources from University of California at Irvine where he taught as an adjunct faculty for 8 years. Former President of Western Growers Insurance Company and related organizations, Risk and Safety Consultant for California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers, Group Safety Manager of American Association of Attorneys-CPA's; and helped form California Association of Agricultural Labor. advising farm labor contractors.

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