Issue: The longer an employee stays out on workers' comp, the less likely he or she is to return to work.
Risk: Higher workers' comp and associated medical costs; plus more disruption due to extended employee absences.
Action: Use the checklist below to devise your return-to-work plan.
When a valuable employee is injured on the job, what you do, and when you do it, can determine not only when the employee will return to work but also whether he or she will return at all.
Why? The longer employees stay out on workers' comp, says the Workers' Compen-sation Research Institute, the less likely they are to return to their current employers.
A speedy return to work also lowers your workers' comp costs and minimizes the disruption that comes from having a key worker out of the workplace.
Use this checklist to set up your return-to-work plan:
Contact the employee within 24 hours of the injury. Responding ...(register to read more)