Return to Work Process - Applicable Only if Other than Full Duty Release
- Employees are required to provide work release documentation from the treating medical provider at the time of the UHS visit. The documentation should specify the actual date the employee may return to work, specific work restrictions or accommodations needed, the expected duration of the restrictions and the date of next medical evaluation.
- The UHS medical care provider evaluates the employee prior to returning to work and may direct the employee to schedule follow-up visits. The UHS medical care provider determines the employee’s 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, the employee is asked to sign a release of information form allowing UHS consultation with the medical care provider.
- The UHS medical care provider documents the release date the employee 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, the employee presents the UHS provided Return to Work OR Accommodation Request form to his/her department. The employee is expected to follow-up with UHS as directed by the UHS medical care provider and/or as specified on the Return to Work OR Accommodation Request form.
- If restricted duty or reasonable accommodations are needed, the supervisor completes the response section of the Return to Work or Accommodation Request form and faxes the response to Human Resources.
- During medical recovery, the Human Resources Department may coordinate additional rehabilitation interventions and resources as needed to promote full recovery and safe work.