Disabled or injured workers ready to return? Here’s how to help

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Employees may be absent from work for extended periods of time because of illness or injury. Time lost to absenteeism represents a significant cost to employers and may have long-term consequences for the employee’s health. It’s in everyone’s interest to reintegrate employees into the workforce as soon as they’re well enough to return.

THE LAW: Employers that fail to appropriately manage return-to-work issues may face increased workers’ compensation costs. There might be legal challenges under the FMLA and the ADA.

Because disabilities and the effects of chronic diseases are more prevalent among older workers, failure to properly handle their return could trigger lawsuits under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

WHAT’S NEW: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy recently released an online “Return to Work Toolkit” that serves as a one-stop portal to numerous free, online resources for em...(register to read more)

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