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Return to Work Program

What is a return to work program?

CCCSIG utilizes a program known as the OUR System (Optimum Utilization of Resources) designed for districts/sites to temporarily provide a work assignment to permanent employees who have a work-related injury.

The OUR System is a systematic method of returning an employee to full productivity by a predetermined plan that bridges the employee back to their regular job duties after an injury.

The district has clear guidelines to gradually move the employee through varying levels of "assignments" based on the physician's determination of the employee's physical capacities.

EARLY RETURN TO WORK PROCESS
(Only Permanent Employees are eligible for temporary work accommodations resulting from work related injuries Substitutes and Volunteers are not eligible for this program)

Step 1:
When Work Restrictions are obtained, Claims Coordinator works with Supervisor on whether or not to modify the Employee's usual and customary job OR place the Employee in a Temporary Work Assignment based on current restrictions. Claims Coordinator instructs the Employee to return to their Site for their work assignment Modified/Temporary . Complete Temporary Work Agreement for Work Related Injuries.

Claims Coordinator sends copy of Work Status Slip using Work Status Fax cover sheet to CCCSIG and notifies whether the Employee is modified or in a temporary work assignment and where the assignment is (site).

Step 2:
Employee reports to Supervisor for Modified or Temporary Work Assignment instructions.

Supervisor:

  1. Provides orientation to Employee
  2. Explains in detail the Modified or Temporary Work Assignment
  3. Maintains contact with Employee and Claims Coordinator

Step 3:
CCCSIG UPDATES THE District with Employee Return to Work Progress Reports at 90 and 180 days of Restricted Duty or Temporary Work Assignment, providing the following options for District consideration:

  1. Continue to accommodate restrictions in the current Temporary Work Assignment or Modified Duty at the same Site
  2. Continue to accommodate restrictions in the current Temporary Work Assignment or Modified Duty at a new Site
  3. Accommodate restrictions in a new temporary Bridge Assignment or
  4. Discontinue the Temporary Work Assignment allowing the Employee to receive Temporary total Disability benefits.

Step 4:
Temporary Total Disability If no release to work at time of injury, CCCSIG will make Physician contact to advise and explain Early Return to Work Program and make efforts to obtain work restrictions.

Benefits of a return to work program

Temporary work assignments help return workers to regular, full-time duties in a safe and productive manner.

Schools benefit as the employee performs meaningful and productive tasks that contribute to the needs of the school site.

Decreases the cost of the claim as active employees recover faster.

Cost savings in workes' compensation will have a positive effect on the site and district as they are self-funded for their workers' compensation program.

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