The timely return of injured employees to productive roles in the workforce is one of the key components of the worker’s compensation mission. Bringing an employee with a work-related injury or illness back to timely work is therapeutic and can speed the overall recovery. In addition, the longer an employee is away from work the less likely they are to have a successful return to work and the higher the employer’s worker’s compensation costs and related business costs. Return to work is a responsibility shared by management and employees.

The UW System Administrative Policy 635, Return to Work: Worker’s Compensation was signed and approved on October 3, 2022.

To assist campuses with implementation of the policy, the UW System Return to Work Manual (Related to Worker’s Compensation) accompanies the policy.

In addition, a Return to Work Process Flow Template docx was also created for campuses to reference.

Return to Work Forms are listed below: