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Accommodation and Compliance Series: Return-to-Work Programs

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) | Louis E. Orslene, MPIA, MSW
March 2013 | Report/Brief

This informative article outlines how Return-to Work (RTW) programs can be a win-win for both the employer and the employee. An RTW program is designed to get injured, disabled or temporarily impaired workers back on the job as soon as medically possible.

The value to a company is that it allows for the retention of valued employees, encourages productivity, reduces disability leave costs and helps the company comply with disability-related legislation, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Occupational Safety and Health Act, and worker’s compensation and other state laws. The financial stability that comes from remaining employed benefits the returning employee. It also helps to re-normalize life for the employee.

The article features a comprehensive “Situations and Solutions” section that provides practical advice on a variety of issues that may come up in the workplace. There are also extensive links throughout to relevant information.