The mission of the Return-to-Work Program is to educate the employer on the importance and benefit of providing modified duty for an employee recuperating from a work related injury. This branch plays an integral part by providing agencies the resources and information needed in order to make the most informed decision regarding their ability to return injured employees to work.
As directed by Governor Beshear, effective March 27, 2020, our office has 75 percent of our staff telecommuting. We are still here to assist you with any questions. If you do not reach us by phone, please contact us via email:
Jeff Hockensmith at Jeff.Hockensmith@ky.gov
Melissa Clay at Melissa.Clay@ky.gov
Donna Shelton at Donna.Shelton@ky.gov
Temporary Modified Duty
If approved by the physician, agencies may be able to provide temporary modified duty to make the transition back to work easier.
Temporary modified duty can:
- Assist the employee in remaining active and productive
- Ease employees' concerns about continued employment
- Allow skilled, experienced employees to remain on the job
- Increase communication with the employer
- Reduce or eliminate stress, boredom, or depression caused by an injury
- Decrease feelings of dependency or lack of control
- Assist employers in maintaining some control over the direction of the workers' compensation claim and costs
Note: If you have an employee who has been injured on the job and that employee has either started losing time from work or started working modified duty, complete the
Lost Time and Return-to-Work Form and submit with any supporting documentation.
If you have an employee who is beginning a modified duty program, you should first review the
Report of Medical Status or agency specific Fitness for Duty Form provided by the employee's physician and alter the job tasks to fit the restrictions suggested.
Once specific, productive, and meaningful tasks are identified, a manager can complete the
Temporary Modified Duty Plan (TMD) if applicable. By using the TMD Plan, both employer and employee are clear about what is expected during this time.
Temporary Modified Duty can be altered or canceled at the agency's discretion. However, please be mindful of other employment laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans' with Disabilities Act (ADA) and all applicable state Statutes and Regulations.
Many times an ergonomic evaluation can be provided as a plan to prevent injuries/accidents. However, ergonomic evaluations can be conducted at any time during the recuperation period. Ergonomic evaluations can be provided for employees in any type of setting (office, kitchen, distribution center, etc.).
Requests can be made by employees or managers. To schedule an evaluation of your work area, talk with your supervisor if you are experiencing discomfort with your work station.
Return to Work Branch