Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board

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Do I have to bring an injured employee back to work?

In some ways, you’ve posed a straightforward question.

The short answer is that, yes, all Yukon employers have a duty to cooperate with return to work.

And some Yukon employers must re-employ an injured worker.

This obligation applies solely to employers who have 20 or more employees. And the re-employment obligation only applies if the employee has been with the company for more than a year prior to the work-related injury. The policy can be found here.

However, beyond this clear obligation, the issue gets more complicated.

Employers must understand that, under the Human Rights Act, they have a duty – up to the point of undue hardship – to accommodate disabled workers.

And workers have an obligation, under the Workers’ Compensation Act, to try to reduce the financial and physical impacts of their disability.

Also, it is widely accepted early and safe return to work is vital to the recovery of injured workers. Which is why all employer have an obligation to cooperate with return to work plans.

If an injured person can return to work during their recovery, they often heal faster and more completely.

Returning to work dramatically reduces the social and financial costs of workplace injuries.

In light of this, the Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board fosters partnerships with employers, workers, health-care providers and unions to provide return-to-work services and programs to get injured workers back on the job as soon as they are able during recovery.

The workers’ compensation system is built around a shared responsibility in preventing disability among injured workers.

If you've got a question, don't hesitate to contact us.

You can reach us here:
Phone: (867) 667-5645
Toll-free across Canada: (800) 661-0443
Fax: (867) 393-6279
Emailworksafe@gov.yk.ca
Address:
401 Strickland Street
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 5N8
(We are open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)