If one of your workers has been injured in an accident or develops an occupational disease at your job site, you will play an important role in their return-to-work process.
The Workers' Compensation Act states:
If, in the opinion of WorkSafeNB, the worker is unfit to perform the pre-accident duties, the employer must permit the worker to resume work in a suitable position that may become available, with no loss of seniority or benefits. Note: The rules are different for workers doing construction work in the construction industry.
Disability management program
If one of your workers has suffered a disability as a result of a workplace accident, you may be required to participate in WorkSafeNB's disability management program, as part of that worker's return-to-work plan.
Disability management is a program designed to minimize the impact of the disability, which often hinders the worker's ability to return to safe and productive work activities. It is not about managing the disability or the person with the disability. Instead, it is designed to involve employers in an effort to accommodate the needs of injured or ill workers.
If, in the opinion of WorkSafeNB, the worker is unfit to perform the pre-accident duties, and the employer cannot accommodate the worker in a suitable modified position, WorkSafeNB will work with the worker to find alternate employment.
In an effort to find an injured worker a new job, WorkSafeNB rehabilitation specialists might recommend a training-on-the-job scenario, to help the worker develop new skills in a workplace environment.
The Training-on-the-Job Program is designed to reintroduce the injured worker to regular employment, and give them the opportunity to learn the tasks associated with a new job, while providing the employer with a low-risk introduction to a potential new employee.