4 FAQs Surrounding Light Duty Assistance Programs
You understand the importance of a Return to Work (RTW) program and getting employees back to work as soon as a limited release is provided, but the execution is another story. If you place primarily non-clerical employees, you probably consistently struggle with the fact that light duty positions aren’t available via your clients. What’s the alternative? Placing them in your branch office? Those positions, too, are limited. Charity placements work well, but that requires you seeking out partners in each geographic area you work in and hoping openings are available when needed. Perhaps the answer is a light duty assistance program through a third-party vendor.
1. How does a light duty assistance program work?
- As soon as a referral is made the vendor seeks open positions within their national network of charity partners. Placement time can vary depending on location, attorney involvement and the specific work restrictions. Typically, an open position is found within two days. The vendor coordinates the offer to the employee.
2. What fees are involved?
- There are typically two rates: a successful placement fee and an offer/no show fee. Many carriers will cover the placement fee as a claim expense payment.
3. Who pays the injured worker?
- The payroll associated with a volunteer employee would be paid by the staffing company.
- While this isn’t billable payroll, the reduction in the indemnity payments on the claim (and preservation of your experience mod) would ultimately offset the payroll expense.
4. What other benefits does light duty accommodation provide?
- Reduces medical costs due to faster recovery
- Reduces indemnity claim costs that impact your experience mod and future premium costs
- Adds a new skill set for the employee
- Improves self-esteem and recovery outlook on behalf of the injured worker
- Helps retain a valuable employee who’s experienced and trained for their job
- Deters fraudulent/exaggerated claims when employees are aware you have a strong RTW program
- Improves workplace morale
- Benefits the community if doing volunteer work
If you don’t currently accommodate light duty, or struggle to find open modified duty positions when needed, a light duty assistance program may be worth checking out. The payroll cost of a volunteer worker will offset the impact of indemnity claim payments many times over, as those costs will be reflected on your experience mod for a three-year period.
Contact the ‘A’ Team today for more information about light duty assistance.
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