Nonprofit Partner Spotlight: Disabled Veterans Charities

By Rebecca Dearth | November 11, 2014

Veterans Day 2014

Today, as we honor the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for our nation, we are featuring our Transition2Work nonprofit partner, Disabled Veterans Charities. ReEmployAbility is proud to partner with DVC to support its mission of service to our veteran community. By focusing on the capabilities of injured workers, together we can continue to positively impact the lives of our participants and local communities.

About Disabled Veterans Charities

Disabled Veterans Charities (DVC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity based in Southern California that operates thrift stores to raise funds in support of the veteran community. Established in 1968 as Disabled American Charities of San Gabriel Valley, the organization has since grown beyond its original Pasadena, California location to include four large thrift store facilities. Each DVCs thrift shops provides over 12,000 square feet of merchandise such as clothing, housewares, and small furniture items.

The mission of DVC is, “to assist disabled and needy veterans… by operating thrift stores, the proceeds of which provide physical and mental rehabilitation programs and other charitable veteran-related projects.” In recent years, DVC has provided substantial support to veterans’ organizations such as US Vets, Union Rescue Mission, DAV Chapter 22, and New Directions, Inc. Grants and partnerships with these initiatives have helped provide housing for homeless and at-risk veterans and their families, reintegration services such as counseling, employment assistance, and job placement, and advocacy and assistance with veteran-related issues.

Transition2Work Partnership

DVC is one of over one-hundred Veteran-related local and national nonprofit agencies across the US that partners with ReEmployAbility through its Transition2Work nonprofit light duty placement program. Our partnership began in 2011 and DVC has since helped our program’s injured workers transition to productive work by hosting nearly 70 volunteers at its Baldwin Park, Long Beach, and San Bernadino locations. While in placement with DVC, program participants have served in roles such as Donation Attendants, Thrift Store Associates, and Facility Assistants.

“Volunteers are very important to our organization,” says Jill Willinger, Manager of DVC Thrift Shop at Long Beach. “[The transitional workers participating in Transition2Work] provide assistance to my staff in sorting, hanging, putting racks of clothes away on the sales floor, keeping the store organized, and in some cases they even provide customer service… They are a tremendous help.”

Learn More about Disabled Veterans Charities

Interested in learning more about Disabled Veterans Charities? Find more information online at www.dvcstores.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DisabledVeteransCharities

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Visit us in Vegas to learn about Transition2Work for Non-Occupational Disabilities

By Rebecca Dearth | November 6, 2014

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Later this month, our team will be exhibiting at 23rd Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo (NWCDC) in Las Vagas, NV.  At this year’s conference, November 19 through 21, we will be introducing our Transition2Work program to include all forms of short term job modification needs of employers.

Since 2007, we’ve offered Transition2Work nationwide as a supplement to workers’ compensation Return-to-Work programs.  By placing injured workers at local nonprofit organizations to perform light duty work when their employer cannot accommodate their physical restrictions on-site, the program provides benefits to the injured worker, company, and the community.  Those same benefits our workers’ compensation clients already realize  — costs savings, reduced claim duration, and helping injured workers get back to work quickly while making a positive contribution to their community — extend to non-occupational disability claims.

Our clients are increasingly seeking comprehensive solutions to not only accommodate occupational injuries, but also temporary non-occupational disabilities. Those clients who are already using Transition2Work for their Integrated Disability programs are experiencing excellent results, including positive feedback from their employees, which is a defining factor for any successful Return-to-Work program.

The now in its 23rd year, the NWCDC is attended by over 260 vendors and 2,000 industry professionals from across the United States and considered to be a leading training event for workers’ compensation and disability management industries. As a leading event focusing on both workers’ compensation and disability management, the NWCDC is the right place for us to give introduction to Transition2Work for all injuries – both occupational and non-occupational.

If you’re planning to attend the conference, please stop and see us at booth 1610. We’d love to meet with you and share more about how our Transition2Work can be the perfect complement to your company’s existing Return-to-Work program!

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Welcome Natalie – our newest addition to the Account Executive team

By Rebecca Dearth | October 9, 2014

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We are very pleased to announce that Natalie Baughman has joined our marketing team as Account Executive – Midwest. As Account Executive  Midwest, Natalie will represent our Transition2Work ® Return-to-Work service and develop and manage client relationships in the Midwest U.S. region spanning Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio.

Natalie started working with our company as a Transition2Work Placement Coordinator in January 2014, liaising with nonprofit agency partners to secure suitable transitional employment opportunities for injured workers referred to the program. Her knowledge of our Transition2Work program based on her experience in her previous role will be a value to the clients she serves.

We are excited to have a representative dedicated to the Midwest. We have so many wonderful clients in the area and feel Natalie’s enthusiasm and expertise will help us add to that list!

Originally from Oklahoma, Natalie has over 20 years of diverse experience including Human Resources, sales, administrative, hospitality, and customer service.

Natalie is an animal lover, dedicated to volunteerism, and devoted to her family. Before joining ReEmployAbility in 2014, Natalie served as a consultant for a marketing research firm and spent 3 years as a Veterinary Technician. Her considerable first-hand knowledge of our Transition2Work return-to-work program provides a valuable and unique perspective to the clients she serves.

Contact Natalie today to learn more about Transition2Work for workers’ compensation and non-occupational disability Return-to-Work or connect with her on Linkedin!

Contact Natalie Baughman at (813) 298-9972 or Natalie@reemployability.com

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Transition2Work and the Next Chapter for Return to Work

By Rebecca Dearth | September 18, 2014

Volunteering

As the US economy improves and employment is on the rise, more employers are revisiting their Return-to-Work initiatives to accommodate injured workers and encourage faster return to work. These initiatives are part of employers’ workers’ compensation, ADAAA, and short term disability programs, and provide modified duty when workers have a disability that limits their ability to perform their regular job functions. With this resurgence, employers are formalizing their programs, seeking new options to help accommodate their employees’ physical restrictions, and seeking consistency in modified duty programs for workers’ compensation and non-occupational disabilities. ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work program is great solution when employers are unable to provide suitable light duty work in-house or onsite.

Our company’s founders, Debra Livingston and Frances Ford, are featured in the September 2014 edition of Risk & Insurance Magazine discussing Transition2Work and how the program fits in with employers’ overall Return-to-Work and Corporate Social Responsibility efforts. The article, “The Next Chapter for Return to Work,” presents our Transition2Work program as an option to supplement employers’ Return-to-Work programs for workers’ compensation and non-occupational disabilities and also improve local communities and enrich the lives of injured workers through volunteerism.

Transition2Work is growing in popularity as more employers recognize the use of nonprofits for transitional employment as a viable alternative to onsite light duty. The benefits of Transition2Work go far beyond the claim life cycle reduction and savings – the program helps provide social benefits to all of its participants by strengthening communities, focusing on the injured individuals’ capabilities, and connecting recovering workers with local nonprofits where they can make an impact.

You can read the full text of the article at Risk & Insurance Magazine’s website: http://www.riskandinsurance.com/next-chapter-return-work/

 

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Happy Labor Day!

By Rebecca Dearth | August 29, 2014

Labor-Day-2014

This Labor Day we pay tribute to the outstanding economic and social achievements of America’s workforce. Productive work provides so much more than just the means to earn a living — it provides purpose, a sense of accomplishment, expression, dignity, and well-being. We are proud to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s workers and to play a role in helping those who are injured get back to work quickly.

Happy Labor Day from ReEmployAbility!

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ReEmployAbility debuts on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500|5000 List

By Rebecca Dearth | August 27, 2014

Inc5000

With an estimated 30 million companies in the US, landing a spot in the top 5000 is no small feat! That’s why we’re so excited to announce ReEmployAbility’s ranking by Inc. Magazine as a member of the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list. Our company debuted on the magazine’s exclusive list, ranking number 4092 based on our three-year revenue growth rate of 72%. By ranking on the Inc. 5000, ReEmployAbility joins an elite group of well-known brands such as Godaddy.com, GoPro, OtterBox, and TopGolf on this year’s list.

The Inc. 500|5000 list is now in its 33rd year and ranks privately held US-based companies by their three-year revenue rate. The 2014 results compare fiscal years 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating at least $100,000 by 2010 and $2 million in 2013.  ReEmployAbility’s entry can be found at http://www.inc.com/profile/reemployability

We’re honored to be recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. We attribute that growth to the success of our Transition2Work program, which has gained such momentum in the past three years. Since partnering with many of the nation’s top insurance carriers, largest employers, and an extensive network of nonprofits, the program has quickly grown to be nationwide in scope.

Our founders, Debra Livingston and Frances Ford, started the business over a decade ago based on a shared passion for creating positive outcomes for injured workers and a vision to transform the workers’ compensation industry. The success of Transition2Work truly highlights the value of the program.

Transition2Work has achieved incredible results by bringing together business and community — not only in terms of our own growth â for all of our partners and communities across the US. It has helped enhance the recovery process of thousands of people who were injured while on-the-job by focusing on their capabilities. We’re thankful that we have been able to make a positive impact on such a large scale, and honored to be recognized as a member of the Inc. 5000 list!

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Ruling reinforces transitional duty with nonprofits as Maryland RTW option

By Rebecca Dearth | August 22, 2014

Maryland

A recent ruling by the Maryland Workers Compensation Commission reaffirms transitional employment with nonprofit agencies as a viable option for helping injured workers return to work quickly and safely.

Summary of Ruling

On May 29, 2014, the Maryland Workers Compensation Commission issued an order denying the claimant, an over the road (OTR) truck driver injured on the job, temporary total benefits for the period of time he refused to perform duties at two different nonprofit organizations as part of the employer’s return to work program. The Commission also ruled the employer-offered transitional employment at the nonprofit agency was appropriate for the worker’s physical restrictions. The commission stated, “the claimant is released to medium duty work per functional capacity evaluation and work within his restrictions was offered by the employer.”

Background

ReEmployAbility worked with the injured worker’s employer, S & H Express Inc., to locate a suitable nonprofit assignment utilizing its Transition2Work® program for the injured OTR truck driver while on sedentary, no driving work status. The Transition2Work program works with local nonprofit organizations across the US to place injured workers in transitional, modified duty positions while they heal from their injury. In this case, the injured worker misrepresented his assigned  duties and refused to report for the assignment. The employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier continued temporary benefits until the injured worker was released to medium duty in March 2014. At that time, the injured worker was again referred ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work program for placement in a transitional duty assignment. This time, the injured worker was offered two different assignments — one with the Westminster Rescue Mission and another with the Salvation Army. When he misrepresented his capabilities, claiming he could not perform the assigned duties at both placements, the carrier suspended benefits and went to hearing.

Impact on Return-to-Work

We are pleased to add this ruling to the list of states wherein the Transition2Work program has been challenged and favorably viewed by the courts. Quick return to work is a “win-win” for all parties involved in an on-the-job injury and when an employer is unable to accommodate an injured worker in-house, the Transition2Work program is an important option.

The program not only helps make a positive impact on the lives of injured workers by providing safe and meaningful modified duty work, it creates new, energizing experiences for injured workers to work with nonprofits and make a difference in the local community.

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We’re making Improvements Online!

By Rebecca Dearth | August 6, 2014

Redesigned ReEmployAbility.comIt’s been months in the making and we’re very pleased to introduce our newly designed website. With a fresh look and enhanced layout, the new site has been created to be more informative, easy to use, and provide quick access to the information you need.

Here’s an overview of what’s new at ReEmployAbility.com:

  • Simpler navigation: The home page and main navigation has been reorganized to be more intuitive and we’ve added sub menus to each section of the site and provide quick access to frequently sought information.
  • More information: We’ve enhanced the level of information we provide and the new site includes more in-depth corporate background, new team photos and bios, and a career center. We also added Frequently Asked Questions to address those common questions that arise about our Transition2work program.
  • Streamlined Online Referrals: Submitting an online referral for Vocational Services or our Transition2Work program is easier than ever! The site provides one-click access to the referral form from every page, 15% fewer fields, minimal required fields, and more descriptive explanations to assist with the referral process.
  • Comprehensive resources: In the newly added, News & Insights, section you can find improved company, program, and industry resources such as company news, jurisdictional updates, industry events, ReEmployAbility’s quarterly newsletter, and articles and case studies. You can also access and subscribe to our company blog, Transition2Work.us, for important jurisdictional updates, program success stories, program, and industry news.
  • Improved communications: With the redesign, we’ve added more ways to stay in touch and informed. Now you can contact your Account Executive directly from the site and we’ve linked up to provide broader social media integration. You can find, connect, and share with us now on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter!

 

Check out the new ReEmployAbility.com here!

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A Virginia Victory for Employers and Employees

By Rebecca Dearth | July 21, 2014

Virginia

Employers and employees in Virginia have cause to celebrate over an important development that can directly affect their worker’s compensation claims costs and outcomes. More importantly, Virginia employees can now reap the benefits of innovative Return-to-Work options, such as performing transitional duty with nonprofit organizations.

The Virginia Commission issued a full board decision late last year that employers can use non-profit organizations to accommodate light duty work when an employee is recovering from a worker’s compensation injury and released to light-duty work. By affirming Deputy Commissioner Robert H. Herring, Jr’s earlier ruling, Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission clearly supported the position that performing light duty work for non-profit organizations does not constitute “subsidized” employment, and not considered to be in a “sheltered workshop.”

In this case, ReEmployAbility secured a position for the Claimant in July 2013 at the local YMCA via its Transition2Work program. The transitional work assignment would require the Claimant to perform light duty tasks such as folding towels, wiping down machines, monitoring the gym, and handing out basketballs to members in return for their keys and membership cards. However, the Claimant filed a Motion for Protective Order and request for sanctions, alleging his employer, Safelite Group, was forcing him to accept “subsidized light-duty employment,” a mundane job that has no restorative rehabilitative value, which he asserted violated the Commission’s Guidelines for Vocational Rehabilitation.

Subsidized employment is often referred to as a “make work” position, usually mundane jobs that have no restorative rehabilitative value — such as counting paperclips. However, performing valuable community service as an option when the employer cannot provide on-site or in-house light-duty, provides productive employee benefits and helps employers retain their talent until the injured worker is capable of returning to full duty.

Virginia workers’ compensation Act encourages employers to procure employment suitable to partially incapacitated employees. (Code § 65.2-510). The unjustified refusal to accept the job offer will jeopardize the employees

Safelite pointed out that the goal of transitional employment enables employers to offer a temporary assignment utilizing a network of non-profit organization who can accommodate temporary restrictions. In turn, injured workers have the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community, boost self- confidence and become re-acquainted with the daily routine of being engaged in the workforce while receiving a paycheck.

“Our company successfully uses Transition2Work for nonprofit transitional work assignments across the US as part of its Return to Work program. It has allowed us to provide modified duty to match workers’ restrictions that we otherwise would not be able to accommodate with our options in-house. It is a beneficial program that has helped many of our employees and we believe our personnel in Virginia should be afforded the opportunity to participate,” said Nathan Hughes, Manager of Risk and Claims, Safelite Group.

ReEmployAbility worked with employer’s counsel, providing documentation and case law from other states to support the position that the YMCA assignment offer should be considered part of the employe’s return-to-work program, and is intended to be temporary until the employer can accommodate the claimant’s work restrictions.

In this case, the Commission was clearly persuaded that asking employees to participate in community volunteer activities for transitional duty was not a sheltered workshop or part of an employer-subsidized organization. We consider this ruling a strong victory for employers and employees alike. Specialty Return-to-Work programs utilizing non-profit transitional assignments help employers retain talent and allow the injured worker to remain connected to the workplace while providing the necessary time to recover from a work-related injury.

Find more information on our website, http://www.reemployability.com/news/jurisdictional-updates/

 

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This information is made available for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice.

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Our latest newsletter is now available

By Rebecca Dearth | June 27, 2014

View the latest news from ReEmployAbilityExciting things are happening at ReEmployAbility! Read the latest news about our company in the summer edition of our newsletter.

In this edition you can find:

  • Fast Growth & Big Changes at ReEmployAbility
  • WCI Educational Conference in Orlando
  • Transition2Work Success Story
  • Program Results
  • Upcoming Events

View the summer 2014 newsletter here

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