The University is committed to assisting staff members achieve a safe return to work after periods of illness or injury, in a way that will facilitate their best possible recovery. The management of injury or illness in the workplace is regarded as an important part of a Supervisor's responsibilities. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Long Term Sick Leave Policy, the Workers Compensation Policy and the Medical Retirement Policy.
This policy covers the return to work of staff.
(1) Supervisors will manage sick leave and workers compensation leave in accordance with the University's policies.
(2) At any time, following an illness or injury (whether it is work related or not), a Supervisor or staff member may contact the Return to Work Coordinator for advice.
(3) Where a staff member has been absent from work for more than eight (8) weeks, and has indicated that they intend to resume work, the Supervisor will:
(4) Depending on individual circumstances the Return to Work Coordinator may do one or more of the following:
(5) In some circumstances, the staff member may not be able to resume work until suitable support measures have been put in place. The Supervisor will advise the staff member if there is to be a delay in their return to work date.
(6) Where a Return to Work Plan is provided, both the staff member and the work area must adhere to the plan. Any variations to the plan will be facilitated by the Return to Work Coordinator.
(7) All reasonable costs associated with return to work following a long term illness (that is not workers compensation) will be met by the Cost Centre from which the staff member took the leave.
(8) If return to work does not result in the resumption of pre-injury or illness duties within a reasonable period of time, other employment options will be explored with the staff member. A review date will be incorporated into the return to work plan.
(9) The staff member's right to privacy is acknowledged. The University will not provide any material or information obtained in relation to Return to Work to any person who does not have a lawful purpose for requiring the material or information.
(10) Return to work will be encouraged by the Supervisor, within the limits of medical advice from the treating doctor (or health practitioner) or rehabilitation coordinator.
(11) Arrangements which may be required to assist the staff member's return to work may include, but are not limited to:
Such arrangements must be approved by the Head of Cost Centre.
(12) It is the responsibility of the Supervisor to monitor and review staff members who are returning to work and provide documentation to Human Resource Services.
(13) All documentation regarding return to work will be retained on the staff member's personnel file.