WHO: Return to Work Light Duty Coordinator (LDC), Anne Feakes (465-2181)
WHAT: Light Duty Return to Work Program
WHEN: We seek to implement the program and go live on or after November 1, 2013
WHY: Risk Management processes all the Workers Compensation for all State of Alaska employees, and there are dozens of injuries every day that cause our state workers to be out of work for weeks, months and sometimes years. Research has shown that there is only a 50% chance that an injured employee will return to work after a 6 month absence; this declines to a 25% chance after a year absence and drops to a shocking 1% chance after a two year absence. This needs to change.
When an employee has missed 3 days, our Light Duty Coordinator (LDC) will be notified.
The LDC will work closely with the supervisor, treating physician, adjuster and employee to see that the employee can continue working with “reasonable accommodations” within their department.
The employee will remain in light duty status for not more than 24 weeks (6 months).
The employee will then either return to their previous regular job, go into vocational rehab to be retrained, or be classified with a permanent total disability (PTD).
Benefits to the program are numerous; the overall benefit to the State of Alaska is reduced Workers Compensation costs