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Light-duty and Return-to-work Programs: Successful Strategies to Get and Keep Injured Workers on the Job Safely - On-Demand

Light-duty and Return-to-work Programs: Successful Strategies to Get and Keep Injured Workers on the Job Safely - On-Demand

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Light-duty and Return-to-work Programs: Successful Strategies to Get and Keep Injured Workers on the Job Safely - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn successful strategies for light-duty and return-to-work programs to get and keep injured workers on the job safely.


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 when an OSHA attorney teams up with one of the Job Accommodation Network’s lead consultants to show you how.

After attending this webinar, you’ll be able 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
  • Identify the roles of frontline supervisors, employees, HR, and other key parties in managing the return to work process successfully


About Your Presenter

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. 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 and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Mr. Deacon also helps employers develop and implement effective workplace policies and safety and health programs.    

Additionally, 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. Deacon also helps employers develop safety and health programs and policies, and conducts presentations on a variety of workplace safety topics.

Lisa MathessLisa Mathess
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.

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).