Working With Workers' Compensation: Ten Costly Return-to-Work Mistakes

A strong Return-to-Work (RTW) program for injured employees can improve an employer's bottom line. This article highlights 10 common mistakes that employers make in their RTW programs. These mistakes include: (1) failure to recognize the increase in the number of employees covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act; (2) insisting that employees be released to "full duty" before returning to work; (3) reducing the budget for RTW; (4) believing that RTW cannot address musculoskeletal injuries such as back pain; (5) being deterred from setting up transitional assignments because the employee may get hurt again; (6) failure to distinguish "light duty" from "transitional work" from "reasonable accommodation;" (7) relying on the physician to guide the RTW process; (8) not taking time to understand the laws governing mandatory comprehensive medical exams before returning to work; (9) not establishing consequences for failure to comply with RTW requirements; and (10) believing workers' compensation settlements resolve ADA liabilities.


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  • Accession Number: 01150812
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 10 2010 1:29PM