The increasing numbers of individuals with disabilities and older workers in the workforce may call for changes to ensure that their desire to transition back to work following illness or injury does not turn into a situation where workers are discouraged from returning to work because of bias related to age or disability. Employer education can focus on the business case for retaining these workers and assuring that ...more »
Topic 1: Partial Return-to-Work - closed
What would it take to implement partial return-to-work strategies in your state?
Providing light duty or part-time work, and partial disability payments during the transition back to work, can encourage workers to return earlier, minimizing the likelihood they will drop out of the workforce.
Convincing employers, insurers and other stakeholders to implement partial disability and partial return-to-work strategies could be helped by providing examples of successful programs that offer evidence of improvements in return to work outcomes. For example, Rhode Island’s Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) Partial Return to Work Program is considered a model program for assisting workers in transitioning back to ...more »
I have worked with some individuals where the need for ongoing quality and affordable health care and the fear of not being able to secure it once going back to work is the main obstacle that prevents individuals from securing sustainable employment. If this concern could be further minimized, we would see a positive impact.
Increased recognition of employment-affecting conditions such as depression or other mental health disabilities may result in more situations where workplace accommodations that are different from the physical accommodations most employers are familiar with may be needed so that workers with these conditions can transition back to work.
Increase transportation options and eliminate the societal bias present against people/workers/applicants with disabilities.
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There are many organizations that advocate for disabled persons. Very few have addressed the issue of employment and effective reasonable accommodations in full time let alone "partial" work. Even State VR counselors are not aware of how important the request for Reasonable Accommodations can be in getting a person back into the workforce full-time, "partially" or "part-time". A partnership between the state/federal ...more »
Most employees can return to work with the right support. Some may be eligible for support from vocational rehabilitation, assistive technology centers, centers for independent living, the Job Accommodation Network, the public workforce system, connections that human resource professionals may have, and more. DOL's ODEP also provides information and resources about which employers and employees may be unaware, and their ...more »
The objective here is to return the injured worker to pre-injury status. Part of bring the injured worker to pre-injury status in many cases is to bring them back to work slowly, initially in a modified capacity. In my opinion, the issue of returning an injured worker to modified duty cannot be looked at globally. We cannot think that it is the same to return an injured laborer to modified duty as it is to return an ...more »
The injured/disabled employee restrictions are the same whether at home or at work. Take the physician out of the RTW/SAW decision and instead the physician should only list restrictions based on the medical evaluation. The employer then determines transitional work. Remove the "may not rtw" option from the physician form. The employer determines rtw with or without restrictions based on the physicians' data and the physical ...more »
We must face the fact that injured workers are percieved to be a burden at every level.Once injured you have only few choices to RTW. The reason is that the system has been misused by a few and the employers live in fear. If you RTW you will take the chance of losing benefits because you tried. If you are not successful and become ill or RTW before you are ready, you are on your own. The Doctors will return you just because ...more »
From a Medical prospective, via an Orthopedic Surgeon of 30+ years, Return to Work begins on date of injury--- with the appropriate diagnosis that, in turn, determines the most appropriate, evidence-based care and treatment. If the diagnosis is incorrect, then early RTW leads to re-injury, increased costs and unnecessary patient suffering. In 2015, the National Academy of Medicine reported that most people will receive ...more »