An effective Return to Work program helps to provide injured employees with a quick return to productive employment. Implementing a Return to Work program can greatly aid the recovery process of an employee while also saving money for the employer.
In an effort to determine best practices involving Workers’ Compensation issues, it is beneficial to examine recent trends. Three of the prevalent recent trends include the use of telemedicine, Return to Work programs, and opioid control.
A Return to Work (RTW) program is a plan or system that an employer implements to bring an injured employee back to the workplace as soon as possible. It involves providing the injured worker with modified or transitional work that meets doctor approved restrictions.
A successful return to work program accommodates bringing an injured employee back to work as early as possible within doctor prescribed restrictions.