The best way to meet your legal obligations and provide fair treatment to injured workers is to develop a return-to-work program that defines the kinds of tasks performed in your workplace. These tasks can then be modified to accommodate a worker’s physical restrictions. This program should contain:
If an injury stops a worker from going back to work with you, the WCB can help them prepare to find suitable work with another employer. However, the WCB is not responsible for finding the worker another job.
Return-to-work planning should begin immediately, when reasonable. Even if an injured worker is in hospital or confined to home, the partners can begin to take responsibility for their roles in the injured worker’s recovery and return-to-work process.
Stay in touch with your worker, their health care provider, union representative and the WCB to set up and follow a return-to-work plan to get the worker back on the job as soon as it’s medically safe to do so.
Work with the WCB to develop a return-to-work program. With this advance planning in place, you will know exactly what to do if and when an injury happens on the job. Once a worker is injured, you should:
For help with return-to-work programs for your workplace, contact the WCB’s prevention department. Employers with existing return-to-work programs can have them approved by the WCB by completing an audit questionnaire.
For questions on your or your worker’s injury claim, contact the WCB at
For help with return-to-work programs for your workplace or other safety and prevention:
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