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When are Employers required to prepare Return to Work (RTW) Plans and Injury Management (IM) Plans?
The IM Program outlines procedures for handling workplace injuries. In conjunction with this program when a worker is injured, a RTW plan or IM plan should be developed and tailored to suit the particular needs of the individual who is injured. This plan must outline how the employer is going to help the injured worker back to work. GIO’s IMC and/or an accredited WRP can assist employers to develop appropriate RTW and IM plans.
- RTW Plans are required if the worker’s incapacity (partial or total) will last more than 5 working days but less than 28 days.
- IM Plans are required if the worker’s incapacity (partial or total) will last 28 days or more. Both plans must be prepared within 5 days of the need arising. Copies are to be distributed to the key stakeholders.
If an employer fails unreasonably to comply with the RTW plan or IM plan relating to one of their injured workers, the matter may be referred to the Workers Compensation Tribunal.