Educational programs and technical assistance should provide funding and related resources to help employers develop transitional programs that includes program development support. In addition, programs should make available handbooks and manuals on best practices related to return to work and stay at work. Examples: Ohio - Transitional Work Grant https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/downloads/blankpdf/TWGQandA.pdf Montana - Stay ...more »
Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work
When creating a RTW program, establish a coordinator who is responsible for working with state agencies, their employees, disability insurance carriers, and treating physicians.
Establish universal state disability insurance for employees who were injured off the job.
California - http://www.calhr.ca.gov/state-hr-professionals/Pages/benefits-administration-manual-workers'-compensation.aspx
For example, if the employer offers the injured worker regular, modified or alternative work for a period of at least 12 months, and regardless of whether or not the injured worker accepts, each permanent partial disability payment “remaining” to be paid to the injured employee “from the date the offer was made” is decreased by 15%.
Example: California - https://www.dir.ca.gov/InjuredWorkerGuidebook/Chapter7.pdf
Enact legislation which specifies that workers compensation benefits cannot be reduced if the employee is actively participating in a prescribed rehabilitation plan.
Example: Maine - https://legislature.maine.gov/statutes/39-A/title39-Ach5.pdf
A Preferred Worker Program provides injured workers with benefits such as a work-search allowance and reimbursement for new tools and equipment.
Examples: North Dakota - https://www.workforcesafety.com/employers/return-to-work/preferred-worker-program
Encourage workers to take advantage of partial return to work opportunities by implementing trial periods to minimize employee risk of losing workers compensation benefits.
North Carolina - http://www.ic.nc.gov/ncic/pages/statute/97-321.htm
Massachusetts - https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/wn/ee-english.pdf
Provide employers with a bonus for using an approved transitional work plan to return injured employees to work.Include premium exemptions for Preferred Worker Program.
Include provisions to reimburse employers for the costs of workplace modifications, accommodations, and assistive technology. Provide monetary incentives to employers in support of workplace modifications for injured workers. Examples: Montana - http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/title_0390/chapter_0710/part_0100/section_0410/0390-0710-0100-0410.html Washington - https://www.lni.wa.gov/ClaimsIns/Insurance/Injury/LightDuty/Default.asp ...more »
Reimburse employers for a percentage of the base wages paid to injured workers for up to a certain amount of days. Pay wage subsidies for percentage of the RTW gross wages for up to a certain amount of work days.
Coordination of services, including enhanced stakeholder communication, return to work planning, and identification of potential delays and solutions to keep both plans and treatment on track. Physician training on occupational health best practices. A data management system allowing service coordinators real-time access to relevant information to support case management. Example: Washington - http://www.lni.wa.gov/claimsins/providers/projresearchcomm/ohs/ ...more »
Rehabilitation Act, as amended by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), allows VR agencies to provide job retention services to individuals, even if there is priority of service in that state. Services include vocational counseling, specialized assessments, on-site job assessment, identification of accommodations, modifications to work environment, job analysis to identify specific functions of a job (essential ...more »