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

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

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

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to design return-to-work and light duty programs to keep workers safe and productive—while staying in compliance with the ADA and other applicable regulations.


Light duty and return-to-work programs offer many benefits, both for employees and for an organization’s bottom line: they can help an organization lower its direct and indirect workers’ compensation costs, improve employee morale, boost productivity, and much more.

However, to provide these benefits, a return-to-work program must be carefully designed and implemented. A worker who returns too quickly following an injury or illness can be at risk for exacerbating or reinjuring the condition, and employers must balance many different legal obligations under the ADA, OSHA, FMLA, and state workers’ compensation laws.

Designing and maintaining a successful return-to-work program that balances all of these considerations is a challenging task and a pain point for many safety and HR managers. Use this on-demand webinar on how to master the challenge!

You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the benefits of an effective light duty/RTW program
  • Balance the interplay of legal obligations surrounding workers’ compensation, ADA, FMLA, and OSHA as they relate to light-duty/RTW programs
  • Implement best practices and avoid common challenges in designing and implementing an effective light duty/RTW program
  • Apply practical guidance to JAN situations and solutions showcasing successful reasonable accommodations
  • Identify the roles of frontline supervisors, employees, HR, and other key parties in managing the return to work process successfully

About Your Presenters:

Daniel DeaconDaniel C. Deacon, Esq.
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Daniel C. Deacon is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP working in both the Labor and Employment and OSHA practice groups. Mr. Deacon advises and represents employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, including wage and hour disputes, claims of discrimination and harassment, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Mr. Deacon also helps employers develop and implement effective workplace policies and safety and health programs.

Additionally, Mr. Deacon represents and advises employers during inspections and investigations conducted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state OSHA programs, responds to notices from OSHA about employee complaints of safety hazards, and represents employers in OSHA litigation, including citation contests and administrative hearings. Mr. Deacon also helps employers develop safety and health programs and policies, and conducts presentations on a variety of workplace safety topics.

Lisa MathessLisa Mathess, SHRM-CP
Lead Consultant—Motor Team
Job Accommodation Network

Lisa Mathess joined the Job Accommodation Network’s (JAN) motor team as a consultant February 2011. She provides one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and assists employees and employers with understanding their rights and responsibilities under the ADA and in identifying accommodation solutions for employees with motor impairments. She also presents on the ADA and accommodation issues at various national conferences and provides specialized trainings to JAN audiences and advocacy groups.

Ms. Mathess graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s of Arts in Communication Studies. In 2014 she completed the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP). Most recently in 2015, she became a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

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