On 1 July 2015 the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA) came into force and with it the obligation that all South Australian businesses with 30 or more part-time or full-time employees must have a Return to Work Coordinator.
With all the other changes introduced by the legislation some businesses have overlooked this obligation.
So what does a Return to Work co-ordinator do? A Return to Work Coordinator is engaged by a business to support employees with a work injury to remain in the workplace, or return to work after an injury occurs. As part of the role the Coordinator will:
- monitor the progress and capacity of the injured worker;
- liaise with medical professionals;
- implement recovery plans; and
- take steps to prevent the occurrence of further injuries.
The Coordinator doesn’t have to be an existing employee of the business, and can be shared with other businesses, but has to be based in South Australia.
The good news is that Return to Work SA (previously WorkCover) are currently running free two day training courses for would-be Return to Work Coordinators. So if your organisation hasn’t already addressed this issue you can follow this link to register for the training.
And for more info on Return to Work issues generally contact Toya Nguyen on 8231 1110.