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Joint Return to Work Committee (JRTWC) Agreement

The company/employer (or name of company/employer….) and the union agree to establish a Joint Return to Work Committee (JRTWC).  This agreement forms part of the collective agreement.

 The company/employer and the union recognize that an early return to productive employment at the appropriate time can assist ill or injured workers in achieving quicker rehabilitation and allow them to maintain their personal dignity and financial stability.

 The company/employer and the union recognize that the Workers’ Compensation legislation and the Human Rights Statutes place an onus on the employer to accommodate injured and ill workers with the Human Rights Statutes creating the greater onus.

 The company/employer and the union agree that their objective is to, in a manner which is consistent with the collective agreement, assist injured and ill workers by:

  •  Supporting employees in maintaining their dignity and self-respect subsequent to being adversely affected by a disabling injury or illness.
  • Ensuring the well-being of affected employees and, by doing so, reduce the stresses associated with adjusting to disability, reintegration into the workplace, financial complications and other factors that adversely affect the disabled employee.
  • Restoring the employee as much as possible to a normal life pattern while returning a valuable human resource to productive activity within the workplace.
  • Ensuring the involvement of the ill or injured worker, including the advice of the injured workers medical practitioner, in a voluntary return to work plan.
  • Ensuring respect of medical confidentiality. 

STRUCTURE OF THE COMMITTEE:

The committee shall be composed of equal numbers of employer representatives (number…) and union representatives (number…).  Each member of the JRTWC will have an alternate who will attend meetings and conduct business in the absence of the committee member.

 

FUNCTIONING OF COMMITTEE

In carrying out its work the committee will:

  1.  Wherever possible, return injured or ill workers to full employment at the appropriate time[1] and in a manner which assists in their recovery; and
  2.  Assist the joint health and safety committee in the prevention of workplace injuries.  The company/employer recognizes that preventing injuries is the best and most effective solution to workplace injuries.

 To that end the company/employer (or name of company/employer….) agrees to:

  1. Make every reasonable effort to provide, at the appropriate time , suitable modified or alternate employment to employees who are temporarily or permanently unable to return to their regular duties, as a result of an occupational or non-occupational injury or illness.   This will include training and/or the modification of work stations or equipment to accommodate disabled employees in a manner consistent with the collective agreement and according to the criteria listed below, providing that such accommodation does not create undue hardship to the company (employer).
  2. Assist the committee in developing an analysis of injuries and their cause in order to provide information that can be used in the prevention of future injuries.
  3. Make every reasonable effort to modify existing jobs when it will assist in preventing injuries and accommodating disabled workers.
  4. Work with the JRTWC, in conjunction with the joint health and safety committee, to modify jobs as is determined necessary to prevent future accidents, to accommodate disabled workers and to return workers effectively to the work place.
  5. Work with the JRTWC committee in conjunction with the joint health and safety committee to develop job descriptions which will assist in assessing the suitability of the job for an injured worker.

 The company/employer (or name of company/employer….) and the union agree that the function of the committee is to assist injured or ill workers in an early and safe return to productive employment in the work place, implement the return to work, develop and maintain an analysis of occupational injuries and illnesses and their cause in order to provide information that can be used in the prevention of future injuries and make recommendations regarding modifying existing jobs when it will assist in preventing injuries or accommodate disabled workers.

 Prevention:

In order to prevent injuries the company/employer and union agree to make every reasonable effort to analyze the cause of workplace injuries and identify preventive measures with respect to the redesign of jobs and job assignments. 

 To this end:

       The joint return to work committee will, in conjunction with the joint health and safety committee, develop and maintain an analysis of injuries and their cause in order to provide information that can be used in the prevention of future injuries and make recommendations on modifying existing jobs when it will assist in preventing injuries and accommodating disabled workers.

     The company/employer will provide accident reports and information relevant to the analysis required.

     The JRTWC will develop a physical demands analysis for all jobs.

     The company/employer agrees to pay for 16 hours in ergonomics training per year for all members of the JRTWC and their alternates.  The company/employer also agrees to pay lost time for 16 hours of union training.  (Alternative: establish an ergonomics rep who works with the JRTWC – train health and safety committee members.)

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