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Hospital, union collaborate on good RTW medicine

Gabrielle Lis

Employer, union collaboration on disability management policy and RTW planning leads to 50% drop in time lost to injury at a large Canadian healthcare organisation.

In 2012, a large, heavily unionised Canadian healthcare organisation with industrial relations tensions, high rates of sickness absence and a poor track record in RTW introduced a unique disability management policy. The new policy had an emphasis on early contact with the worker and training for supervisors and managers, including training about modified duties. Union representatives were recruited as RTW coordinators (RTWCs). RTW planning meet...

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