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November CE Topic - "Making Return to Work-Work"  

Making Return to Work-Work


Reduce and Control Your Worker’s Compensation Costs


The longer your injured employee is away from work, the higher your costs will be.


The primary goal of the workers’ compensation system is to get injured employees back to productive work as soon as possible following an injury. This session provides the tools and understanding to help employers eliminate unnecessary and costly lost time and reduce the business costs related to on the job illness and injury.


The recent emphasis on early return to work in our workers’ compensation system and the increased opportunities for employers are both key to lower workers’ compensation costs. Employers, insurance carriers, injured employees, and health care providers all have an active role to play in getting injured employees back to productive work. Learn about your role and how to implement a simple and effective procedure.


This session introduces current best practices and offers new and innovative ways to identify meaningful return to work opportunities.  The traditional “light duty” concept is ancient history. Employees who continue to work following an injury, or who return to productive work as soon as possible after an injury, heal better and faster than those who become unnecessarily inactive and disconnected from their employer.  Remember, that most return to work assignments are temporary and short term.


Whether an employer provides workers’ compensation insurance or not, the principals of “work as part of treatment” applies and benefits both employers and their employees.




Pat Crawford is the Return to Work Education Coordinator for the Texas Department of Insurance/Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Prior to joining the Division, she was a Workers’ Compensation Specialist and HR Manager for Levi Strauss & Co. She monitored and managed workers’ compensation claims and issues, including legislative and regulatory matters, in 13 different states. For 9 years, she served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fund.
(TMI). Her extensive Human Resource background and understanding of workers’ compensation has made her a valuable participant on numerous committees addressing workers’ compensation and labor concerns across the country.
Her business background has provided “hands on” experience in dealing with the difficulties often faced by employers in controlling workers’ compensation costs and getting injured workers back into a productive work environment.


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