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Return to Work Policy - Other Programs 6.11

McNeese State University

Vice President of Business Affairs

Office of Environmental, Health, Safety & Hazardous Waste

Return to Work Policy - Other Programs 6.11

Safety Manual Content

  1. General

    1. McNeese State University believes it is in the best interest of University employees to facilitate the expedient return of faculty/staff to full duty after they have suffered an absence due to an injury or illness.
    2. This policy will cover University employees whether the absence is work or non-work related.
    3. The University’s Human Resource Department has the overall responsibility for the implementation of this policy and follow-through on all return-to-work cases.
    1. In the event that a University employee suffers an occupational related injury or illness, there are responsibilities for the employee, the supervisor, and human resource personnel:
      1. Employee
        1. Reports injury/illness within 24 hours to supervisor.
        2. Completes injury report, worker’s compensation forms.
        3. Provides weekly updates to Human Resource Department health condition, treatment and medical status.
        4. Returns to transitional modified duty that is within medical restrictions (if any) as set by doctor, as part of a rehabilitation program.
      2. Supervisor
        1. Conducts investigation.
        2. Completes necessary paperwork.
        3. Maintains contact with injured/ill worker.
        4. Finds or develops transitional modified duty for employee with restrictions.
        5. Monitors employee’s recovery through incoming medical information and need for modified duty.
      3. Human Resource Personnel
        1. Processes reports, worker’s compensation claims.
        2. Maintains documentation on claims.
        3. Assists in the development of transitional modified duty.
        4. Provides healthcare professionals necessary information to complete physician’s medical certification and estimated functional capacity evaluation.
        5. Reviews and completes with injured/ill employee and supervisor a return-to-work agreement which outlines doctor’s restrictions and the transitional modified duty.
  2. Transitional Modified Duty

    1. Transitional modified duty is available only to those employees who are expected to return to full duty in their previous job position and may not exceed 120 days.
    2. Transitional modified duty is temporary work, usually as a part of the rehabilitation program.
    3. Employees will be expected to return to their full job as soon as medically able.
    4. The supervisor and human resource personnel for continued appropriateness, in cooperation with treating healthcare professionals, should review transitional modified duty regularly.
  3. Terminating Transitional Modification Duty

    1. Conditions for terminating transitional modification duty:
      1. 120 calendar days have elapsed.
      2. The treating healthcare professionals have released the employee to return to his/her regular position.
      3. The employee is given permanent restrictions that prevent a return to his/her regular position.
      4. The employee’s claim for worker’s compensation is denied.
      5. The employee terminates his/her employment or retires.
  4. Extending Transitional Modification Duty

    1. Worker’s compensation adjuster recommends an extension after consultation with the treating healthcare professionals.
    2. Extensions can only be for a 30-day period, then consultation and re-evaluation by all parties involved needs to take place.

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