Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Return to Work

If your worker cannot perform regular job duties because of an injury, we will work with you, the worker, and healthcare providers to develop a return to work plan. The plan outlines how the worker can return to meaningful work. Some options include a gradual increase to hours or duties, identifying other suitable work, or work conditioning to build strength and stamina.

The plan is unique to each worker. As a team, we design it specifically around the worker’s abilities and the kind of work that is available.

Staying active, productive, and connected to the workplace can help injured workers recover faster. Many times, the most successful return to work plans involve the worker remaining at work or losing as little time away from work as possible.

Helping an injured worker return to work is also good for business. It can lower your claims costs and lead to lower Workers Compensation Board (WCB) rates.

If you are an employer, helping a worker return to work as quickly as possible after an injury has many benefits. It can help to maintain your business’s productivity, retain important knowledge and experience and reduce the cost of training replacement workers. A successful return to work program shows all employees that the business values them. It can also reduce your claim costs.

For workers, returning to work can provide a chance to gain new skills and experiences through different work opportunities. It also contributes to the healing process and reduces lost earnings.

Suitable work is work that the worker can do with their current functional ability and skills. It must not be a health and safety risk for the worker or coworkers. It should match the worker’s pre-injury earnings, if possible. In general, suitable work should be appropriate, meaningful, reasonable, and productive. We will work with you and your worker to find suitable work.

For a return to work plan to be successful, there are a number of responsibilities you have as an employer:
  • Contact your worker as soon as possible after the injury occurs and maintain communication throughout recovery period.
  • Accommodate your worker's restrictions by providing safe and meaningful work.
  • Provide the WCB with information about the worker's return to work plan.
  • Report your worker's time loss to the WCB so we can determine entitlement to wage loss benefits.
If you have questions about how to develop a Returning to Work: An Employer's Guide that meets the needs of your workers and your business, the WCB can help. Contact our Return to Work Services Coordinator at 902-368-5680 for details. For your convenience, the WCB's workshops can be viewed here.

Under the Workers Compensation Act, all employers have a duty to cooperate in their workers' timely and safe return to suitable and available employment. Employers that regularly employ twenty or more workers also have a duty to accommodate, which is the obligation to re-employ.

More information can be found on the Working to Well webpage,in the WCB Returning to Work Makes Sense for Employers brochure, the Return to Work Guide for Employers and the WCB's return to work policies. If you have any questions about timely and safe return to work, or if you would like a copy of one of our publications, please contact us.

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