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Early and Safe Return-to-Work


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The Commission provides return-to-work services and programs to injured workers. The goal is to safely return workers to employment or employability that is comparable to the pre-injury level as soon as possible. With effective return-to-work planning, the human and financial costs associated with workplace injury are significantly reduced.

Early and Safe Return-to-Work (ESRTW)

All employers and workers are obligated under the Act to co-operate in a worker's early and safe return to suitable and available employment with the pre-injury employer. This may involve modified work, easeback to regular work, transfer to an alternate job or trial work to assess the worker’s capability.

Re-employment Obligation

Employers who have a legislative duty to modify the workplace in order to accommodate an injured worker’s return to the workplace, are obligated to do so to the extent that it does not cause undue hardship for the employer. This may include work site/job modification or on-the-job skills development for alternate work.

Labour Market Re-entry Assessment and Plan

In cases where the injury employer is unable to accommodate an injured worker or has been found to be non-cooperative in the early and safe return-to-work process, the Commission will facilitate a Labour Market Re-entry assessment for the worker.

The Commission also has an ESRTW facilitator to assist with developing and maintaining a successful ESRTW program.