Preparing for Employee's Return-to-Work
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Learn how implementing a successful return- to-work program can help employees returning from leave get back into the swing of things.Employees taking leave for medical reasons create a special challenge for employers, who must consider compliance with multiple employment laws, including FMLA, ADA, and workers' compensation. Laws may require employees to be reinstated after leave. It is often difficult to understand when the requirements of the law apply and how to handle the interplay of these laws and walk the tightrope of all the legal requirement. This information helps people responsible for administering leave and return-to-work programs to understand the leave and return from leave requirements and explains when and how to use fitness for duty or return-to-work evaluations, and tips and best practices for light duty work programs.
AuthorsHeidi Nunn-Gilman, The Cavanagh Law Firm Julie A. Pace, The Cavanagh Law Firm
Leave and Return From Leave Under the Family and Medical Leave Act
• Who Is Entitled to FMLA?
• What Leave Is Required?
• FMLA Notices
• Reinstatement Rights
Returning From Leave Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
• Who Is a Qualified Individual With a Disability
• Reasonable Accommodations
• Leave as an ADA Accommodation
• Return-to-Work and Light Duty
Returning From Workers' Compensation Leave
• Light Duty
The Interplay of the ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation
• Discipline and Terminations of Employees
• Communications With Health Care Providers Regarding Employee Restrictions and Status
• Fitness for Duty Evaluations/Release to Return-to-Work