Employers with unions face very different and unique challenges not faced by non-union companies. There are a total of 15 keys. Here, in Part II we consider the last 9 Tips in designing & implementing an effective return-to-work policy.
7. Show the employees and union how much workers’ compensation costs the company with sound factual information.
8. Use a comparison showing how much in sales it takes to pay for injuries. Sales to Pay for Accidents Calculator.
9. Relate the costs to the financial stability of the company.
10. Relate the costs to the impact on profit sharing plans.
11. Get signed waivers to avoid future claims, such as American with Disability (ADA) claims.
12. Request “withdrawal cards” before lump sum settlements are authorized.
13. Share savings with employees who participate in the company’s return-to-work program. Add this to bonuses, not to wages, so it does not become an ongoing obligation.
14. Consider employer legal responsibilities under ADA. Remind the union of their own obligations to support these legal requirements.
15. Have a company representative attend all hearings to describe the job requirements and offer details as needed.
For more cost-saving tips go to WC Cost Reduction Tips.
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