Using Transitional Duty to Return Employees to Work After an Injury
As employers, we all strive to avoid work‐related injuries to our employees. We do this because we do not want to see any of our employees injured, but also because of the costs associated with workrelated injuries. Work‐related injuries that lead to lost time usually result in an increase in our experience modification rate, which ultimately affects our workers’ compensation insurance premium. These premium increases can cost a company tens of thousands of dollars each year for several years after the industrial injury. In many cases, the cost of the claim and the reserves set by the insurance carrier stay with the employer several years after the date of injury; in some cases, even longer.