Human Resources

Staff Policies and Procedures Manual

X. Safety and Health

Policy under review

H. Procedure for returning to work

The following procedures must be followed by employees who wish to return to work following an on-the-job injury which has resulted in the employee's being off work for more than one calendar day.

These procedures are followed both under the early return to work program and a regular return to work.

  1. All requests to return to work must be made in writing, dated, and signed by you.
  2. All requests to return to work must be accompanied by a dated, written release signed by your attending physician.  This release must clearly specify whether you are released for your former job or are restricted in any way
  3. Requests to return to work must be made no later than the seventh calendar day following the date of the written release signed by your attending physician or following the date you were notified by the college or its insurance carrier of the release, whichever is earlier.  Except where recognized extenuating circumstances exist, failure to make a timely request terminates your right to reinstatement or reemployment.  Failure to seek a written release upon your becoming able to return to work may constitute abandonment of your right to reinstatement or reemployment.
  4. Requests to return to work may be brought in personally or mailed to the college.  If mailed, the request should be directed to Human Resources.  Requests brought in personally will be deemed made the date on which the written request is given to the college.  Mailed requests will be deemed made on the date of receipt.  All requests will be date-stamped upon receipt
  5. All requests to return to work must be directed to Human Resources.
  6. If your former job does not exist or a suitable alternative is not available at the time of your request, you must contact Human Resources in person or by telephone once a week to renew your request. If a period of 10 days elapses without such a contact, you will be considered to have abandoned your right to be returned to work.

All job offers will be made by telephone.  It is your obligation to keep the college advised of any changes in your telephone number.  Unless you advise the college otherwise in your request to return to work, the most recent telephone number in your personnel file will be used.

If you are offered a suitable position in response to your request to return to work and you refuse to accept it, you will be considered to have voluntarily terminated your employment and abandoned your right to reinstatement or reemployment.

last revised: 1/26/2012

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