Fit-for-duty exams are part of the hiring and post-injury return-to-work process. Managers have an obligation to hire employees who are fit for duty to avoid the exposure to first and third-party injuries.
- For years, I've been telling employers…about the importance of doing pre-hire fit for duty exams.…The last thing you want to do is hire a work comp claim,…which is exactly what one company did,…even though they knew about this information.…The president of the company called me…to tell me a story of how he hired a guy on Friday…who came to work on Monday…and then didn't show up on Tuesday.…Later, on Tuesday afternoon,…he received a hand-delivered letter…from the new employee's attorney…claiming he was injured that Monday…despite nobody being aware of an injury.…
He told me, "I hired a work comp claim", and, yes, he did.…HR professionals and managers have an obligation…to create a safe workplace.…Fit for duty exams are part of the hiring…and post-injury return to work process…precisely to make sure an employee is safe to do their job.…Because you are responsible…for maintaining a safe workplace,…you do not want to place an employee in a position…where they are not fit for duty,…because they can injure themselves or reinjure themselves,…
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