Return to Work Without Violating FMLA, ADA and
Workers’ Comp Laws
Marti Cardi, VP, Product Compliance, Matrix Absence Management, Inc.
Richard Montarbo, Attorney at Law, Montarbo Law
11 a.m. - 12: 15 p.m.
Encouraging employees to stay at work or return to the job following a disability leave can benefit
both employer and worker. But doing that requires care to prevent running afoul of FMLA, ADA
and workers’ compensation laws. Explore appropriate policies and best practices for reducing the
frequency and duration of occupation-related and non-occupational absences without violating the
laws. You’ll learn about employer limitations under the laws and the possibilities they leave open,
as well as the medical information employers may require to approve leaves and accommodations.
• Interpret employer options for occupational and non-occupational
Case Study for Shortening Disability Durations With
• Identify the costs and benefits from reducing leaves and the gains
for employer and employees
• Evaluate the medical information that can be obtained for occupational
and non-occupational leaves
Allison Ledford, Director of Employee Wellness, Norton Healthcare
Bob Patterson, Executive VP/Co-Founder, Briotix Inc.
2: 30 - 3: 45 p.m.
A pilot program aiming to improve the return-to-work process for short-term and long-term
disability absences produced a 4-to-1 return on investment for employer Norton Healthcare. The
initial phase eliminated 1,200 lost work days by applying ergonomic best practices, improving
accommodations and providing psychosocial support. Functional job analysis, transitional-duty
programming and improving employee communication also played a role. Outcomes from the
pilot emphasizing on-site resources will provide a backdrop for examining the critical components
of a successful disability return-to-work program and injury prevention efforts.
• Select the critical components of a successful return-to-work
Thursday, Dec. 6
program for disability absences
• Integrate on-site duration management resources with disability and
• Formulate the business case for on-site disability management resources
Total Worker Health®: Integrating Health as an Injury
Chia-Chia Chang, Public Health Analyst, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health
Sabrina Freewynn, Total Worker Health Consultant, SAIF
10: 45 - 11: 45 a.m.
A Total Worker Health® (TWH) approach creates work environments addressing health and safety
challenges negatively impacting the nation’s workforce. TWH relies on policies, practices and
environmental improvements integrating workplace safety, hazard reduction and illness prevention
to enhance overall worker well-being. Speakers from Oregon’s not-for-profit insurer and the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will share new ways of thinking about relationships
among health, safety and work. You’ll learn innovative T WH strategies and interventions that can be
operationalized to prevent and manage worker injury and illness.
• Define health and occupational safety challenges faced by today’s
• Relate how an integrated approach helps prevent injury and illness
• Employ proven examples of applying TWH to improve worker well-being
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