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New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration - Early Return to Work Initiative - July 30, 2021

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New Mexico Workers' Compensation Administration - Early Return to Work Initiative


Stand out in this job seeker market and be recognized as a Return-to-Work (RTW) Champion by the State of New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration.

Establish yourself as a family-friendly business while, retaining your recovering workers. As the WCA RTW Specialist for the southern region, Ms. Valdez can help you meet "RTW Best Practices," which she will continue to highlight for each edition of the New Mexico Workforce Connection Southwestern Region e-newsletter. Keep reading each month for additional RTW help.


RTW Best Practice # 2 – Establish a written Return to Work policy. Don't be intimidated by the word “policy.” What we are talking about is a simple one-pager of "need-to-know" points for recovering workers to help them navigate a confusing and vulnerable time that includes the following:

  • Aim for no surprises

  • Start it with a “commitment statement” signed by the boss, which reminds the employees that you are invested in their health and well-being as part of the team

  • Build it up as a great morale builder

  • Share with employees at onboarding, and throughout the year at quarterly meetings as a reminder of your commitment to safety in the workplace.

This tool is available in English and Spanish for download on the WCA website: https://workerscomp.nm.gov/sites/default/files/documents/publications/RTW/RTW_Procedures_Sample.docx

Also, access their full "RTW Tool Kit" for even more help on your RTW program: RTW Tool Kit

For more help and/or to participate in their free consult program,

Contact:

Marietta Y. Valdez

Return to Work Specialist

NM Workers’ Compensation Administration

Marietta.Valdez2@state.nm.us

Phone: 575.524.6034 Fax: 575.524.6249


See below a Return to Work Procedure SAMPLE.


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