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Returning to work during COVID-19

Best practice

Employers should recognise that people returning after injury may be uncertain and concerned about how their job and way of working have been impacted by COVID-19 during their absence.

Keep in regular contact with injured workers - update them on how the workplace and work processes changed during their time away from work, and how this might impact on their return and suitable duties program

Why this is important

The uncertainty of how COVID-19 has changed the workplace may have an impact on the success of an injured worker’s rehabilitation and return to work plan.

Pandemic restrictions may also have opened new flexible options or different ways of working in the workplace that may impact on the worker’s suitable duties program.

Your toolkit

Here are some resources and tools available to assist you to address a worker’s questions and concerns when returning workers to work during COVID-19: