Return to Work

Return to Work Process

Return to Work Without Restrictions ("Full Duty")

If you are returning to work without restrictions (and your absence was not due to a work-related injury/illness of one full day or more or because of exposure to a contagious disease), you should report to your worksite.  You are not required to visit University Health Services (UHS).  You must provide your supervisor with a statement from your health care provider confirming you are able to return to work without restrictions.  The statement must also include the date you are released to return to work.

Returning to Work With Restrictions

If you are returning to work following an absence due to a work-related injury, exposure to a contagious disease or with restrictions, you are required to report to University Health Services (UHS) before reporting to your worksite.

  • You should call UHS at 513-584-4457 to schedule a return to work appointment.
  • You must provide work release documentation from your treating medical provider at the time of the UHS visit.
  • The documentation should specify the actual date you may return to work, specific work restrictions needed, the expected duration of the restrictions and the date of next medical evaluation. 
  • The UHS medical care provider will evaluate you prior to your returning to work and may direct you to schedule follow-up visits.  The UHS medical care provider determines the your work capability and readiness to participate in work activity.
  • Sometimes additional medical information is needed by the UHS medical care provider to clarify the extent of work restriction and the expected duration.  In this case, you will be asked to sign a release of information form allowing UHS consultation with your medical care provider.
  • The UHS medical care provider documents the release date you may return to work, any specified work restrictions, and the duration of the restrictions and/or date of next medical follow-up evaluation appointment.
  • Following the UHS medical assessment, you are responsible for presenting the UHS provided Return to Work/Accommodation Request form to your department. You are expected to follow-up with UHS as directed by the UHS medical care provider and/or as specified on the Return to Work/Accommodation Request form.
  • Once you are released to return to work "full duty" (no restrictions) by your heallthcare provider, you are able to report directly to your worksite as described above. 
  • If your absence was due to a work-related injury or illness, UHS will provide the final sign off before you can return to work in any capacity (full or restricted duty).  In this case, once your health care provider releases you to return to work full duty, report to UHS for a final evaluation before reporting to your worksite.

SUPERVISOR/TIMEKEEPER INFORMATION

  • The employee is not to be charged time from his/her time off work banks for the UHS visit. Timekeepers are to report ABS so that absences for these required visits are paid time off.
  • If restricted duty is needed, the supervisor and employee discuss return to work options to determine whether or not the employee can safely return to work. Following this conversation, the Supervisor completes the response section of the Return to Work OR Accommodation Request form and faxes the response to Human Resources.
  • Additional Information can be found in HR Policy 21.26 which is located at this website Human Resources policy 21.26.

 

Additional Information

  • This Return to Work Process is also applicable to employees having a work-related injury or illness, employees requesting  reasonable accommodations and employees needing fitness-for-duty related evaluation.
  • All employees with a work-related injury or illness who miss more than one (1) full day of work or have work restrictions related to the injury/illness are to be evaluated by UHS before resuming work.  See UC Advisory 12.2 (Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).
  • All employees requesting ADA reasonable accommodations are directed to review and follow UC procedures outlined.
  • If a supervisor/manager/director has a reasonable belief that an employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of his/her job is impacted by a medical condition (including surgery or hospitalization) or mental condition, the supervisor/manager/director is encouraged to contact the Sr. Leave Administrator (513-556-6381) for assistance.

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