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What is a Transitional Employment Plan (TEP)? Effective January 1, 2012 Transitional Employment Plan (Return-to-Work Program) When your injury keeps you from being able to go back to your regular job right away, your return to work might be described as Transitional Work, Light Duty, Modified Duty or Alternate Duty.
Work that is entirely different (due to physical abilities or limitations or required skills)
You want to return to your regular job, but your injury may prevent this right away. So, you may have to change your job a bit. This may be a temporary change to your regular job such as: Each return to work situation is unique. Some jobs may be modified whereas others may not.
Employee Responsibilities (After Injury Occurs) Communication is Key ! Immediately upon the occurrence of any work-related injury or illness (no matter how small it may seem):
Report your injury to your immediate supervisor
If needed, seek medical attention (school nurse/ MedCheck)
Authorization for Treatment required for all outside medical treatment.
Immediately notify your supervisor of any difficulties encountered while performing the assigned tasks.
Advise your supervisor of the recovery status and work capabilities after every doctor’s appointment. Employee Work Ability Form Required (after each doctor’s appointment)
Immediately notify your supervisor when your treating physician releases you to Regular Duty.
Stay in Touch… with Your Doctor It is easy to stay in touch with your doctor through your appointments:
Go to your doctor appointments, and
Follow your doctor’s recommendations for recovery
Take advantage of your appointments and talk to your doctor about going back to work. Please schedule appointments for physician office visits and physical therapy during nonworking hours. Exceptions must have prior approval (via Leave Form).
Employee is paid his/her current rate of pay regardless of TEP assignment.
If a full-time employee returns to Modified Duty on a part-time basis (by order of the treating physician), the employee is paid his/her current rate of pay for actual hours worked. The employee will also receive work comp temporary disability benefits for any hours they are Unable to Work.
If an employee is Unable to Work and later returns to Modified Duty on a full-time basis, the employee’s work comp temporary disability benefits will stop.
Working Together It takes everyone working together to make an early return to work happen – which is good for everyone.
You get the benefits of working and returning to a normal routine;
Your doctor is successful in helping you improve enough to return to work; and
Center Grove has an experienced employee back to work.