Are You Ready to Rehire an Injured Worker?
Here’s a scenario for you: one of your best employees is injured, therefore he takes time off. After a month of recovery, he is ready to get back on the job. Now, it is your responsibility to rehire the injured worker.
Before you go ahead and allow things to go back to normal, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Make sure you have established a rehiring procedure. If not, you may be faced with a court case, or even higher payouts to the injured employee.
- Your employee must be cleared by their physician to come back to work.
- Coordinate with the employee and physicians to follow the recovery process. The more “in the loop” you are, the better of an understanding you will have of the employees’ injury and recovery.
- Have you looked into a return-to-work program? An effective RTW program may be able to reduce your premium and make transition back into work much easier on the injured worker.
- Be aware of federal and state regulations when it comes to workers comp. It is illegal to fire an injured worker because he or she has requested workers comp!
It is important that you are 100% sure that the employee is ready to come back, or else another injury could be in sight! The last thing you need is another few months without your best employee. Not to mention, workers compensation in California can get expensive if employees are consistently injured. To keep your premium low and your employees in good shape, it is best to play it safe.