The longer an injured employee that is off work the more the claim will cost your company. Since claims directly impact your bottom line, it's important to implement an ERTW program. Currently 55% of employers do not have a ERTW program. For the companies that do, they can decrease lost-time claims by 73%. ERTW programs wil allow injured workers to work to return to full time or part time work before they are fully released to work. Usually the physician will give restrictions for the employee that the company can work with to customize their duties. They could work in the same position but not perform all duties or work in an transitional position within the company. Most all employees can at least sit at a desk and do simple tasks. Remember, it's beneficial to your company to offer this program as well as beneficial to the employee.
Benefits of an ERTW Program:
• Lowers workers compensation costs
• Decreases employee time away from work
• Reduces turnover
• Strengthens employee relations
• Boosts employee morale
• Improves overall productivity
• Improves company image
To implement an ERTW program. You should work with your insurance company, medical providers, Nurse case mangers, and your employee and set it up in advance of having a claim.
Review work assignments to see which might be transitional duty possibilities. (Further review may be necessary at the time you receive a restricted work release from the doctor.)
Employers utilizing a ERTW return can speed recovery of injured workers as much as 3X companies that do not have a plan. With all this in mind, why would you not implement such a plan?