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Risk Management's Role

In addition to being responsible for the overall program management of the Workers’ Compensation claim process, the Office of Risk Management partners with departments and Human Resources in an effort to reduce risk related to workplace incidents.  We provide the following services:

  • Consultation to faculty and staff whose workplace injury may impact their ability to work
  • Facilitate stay-at-work and return-to-work efforts related to workplace incidents.
  • Provide guidance on topics related to disability management such as: reasonable accommodation, the interactive process, etc.
  • Serve as the liaison between the university and Zurich for all workers’ compensation issues and concerns.
  • Provide confidential consultation to managers, supervisors and HR Business Partners regarding workplace disability matters.
  • Conduct trainings on a variety of workplace disability issues.

The Office of Risk Management, in particular the Return-to-Work Consultant, may be in contact with supervisors, managers, HR Business Partners, and employees at various stages of a claim for various  reasons including but not limited to:

  • Clarification of injury details and employment status
  • Requests for current job descriptions and facilitating “Job Analyses”

Primarily, a “job analysis” is a documented evaluation of the physical demands of your usual and customary position that allows your Primary Treating Physician (PTP) and your department to make a comparative analysis of your position with any work restrictions your PTP may give you.  This will facilitate safe opportunities for your return to work.

  • Updates on claim status
  • Clarification of work restrictions and temporary accommodations if applicable
  • Assistance with return to work efforts, both temporary and permanent
  • Reasonable accommodation
  • Interactive process