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Return to Work hierarchy for temporary workers

April 26, 2018

Determining when and how to best return the injured employee to work is a key ingredient in a successful return to work program.

Return to Work hierarchy

Staffing companies have some unique challenges since the client company is also involved in the process. When an employee is injured on the job, working through this hierarchy will help you make the optimal decision in terms of temporary transitional work. Of course, the most important thing is to do what is medically appropriate. With that in mind, start at the top and work your way through the hierarchy:

  1. (Ideal) Return to pre-injury position with pre-injury client at full wages with necessary modifications to accommodate restrictions

  2. Return to pre-injury position with pre-injury client at reduced bill rate with necessary modifications to accommodate restrictions

  3. Return to a new client with restrictions at full wages or a reduced bill rate,depending on client needs

  4. Return to your staffing company’s administrative office to perform clerical or administrative tasks as needed

  5. Return to your staffing company’s administrative office to perform clerical or administrative tasks as needed