By Rebecca Dearth | April 17, 2014
The annual RIMS Conference & Exhibition is fast approaching. This year will be our seventh consecutive year of attendance and we’re busy preparing for another successful event.
Our co-founders, Deb Livingston and Frances Ford, will be joined by our Account Executive Team (Kelly Lawless, Mary Bennett, and Davida Bloomberg) to showcase our specialty Return to Work and transitional employment programs at the conference to an audience of nearly 9,000 risk professionals.
We’re excited about having a presence at this important event. This year’s conference includes more educational sessions, networking opportunities, and three keynote speakers, including actor Ben Stein. As in the past, we expect RIMS 2014 will be an excellent forum for introducing our Transition2Work program and spreading the news about our program’s phenomenal results. Most importantly, we’re looking forward to the valuable opportunity RIMS provides to connect with our customers!
The ReEmployAbility display will be located in the main exhibit hall at booth #1609. If you’re attending the conference, please stop by to visit our team and to get “caricatured” by our two EventToons caricature artists. We will be hosting two artists who will quickly sketch live digital drawings of our visitors and provide you with a full color print on the spot.
RIMS 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition is a three-day event that will take place from April 27 to 30 in Denver, Colorado.
By Rebecca Dearth | April 4, 2014
ReEmployAbility co-founder, Frances Ford, will be moderating and participating in a panel discussion at Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals’ The 2014 Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Forum on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 2:20 p.m., in Orlando, Florida.
As part of the Florida Bar Forum Lecture Program, Frances will be discussing light duty return to work using 501(c)(3) nonprofit placement. The panel will cover topics such as the importance of transitional duty, how transitional duty using nonprofit organizations works, and results that can be achieved by implementing such a program. Also on the panel are Kelly Kosmin of G4S Secure Solutions (USA) and Russell H. Young, Attorney, Sarasota.
The Annual Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Forum is a two-day continuing education seminar for Florida practitioners, claims professionals, supervisors, risk managers, and executives interesting in advancing their knowledge of Florida workers’ compensation litigation.
If you are attending this seminar, be sure to catch this important discussion!
For more information about The 2014 Florida Bar Worker’s Compensation Forum, visit http://www.wccp.org
By Rebecca Dearth | March 26, 2014
ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work program has matched thousands of injured workers with temporary modified duty assignments as its partner nonprofit organizations. As an extension of an employer’s existing return to work program, Tranistion2Work provides transitional employment with a nonprofit agency for an injured worker when the pre-injury employer is unable to accommodate a temporary light duty work release onsite. Injured workers who participate in the program are able to earn income while becoming reacquainted with the work experience, enjoy the camaraderie of a work environment, and experience the benefits of helping the community. In most cases, a successful outcome means the injured worker is able to quickly return back to his previous position with his employer. But every now and then, things work out differently and amazing opportunities develop!
One such case is that of forty-nine year old Jim,* who was a courier for a major storage and information management company. His job entailed picking up bins weighing as much as 70 lbs. and driving a company vehicle to transport client materials to company locations. He injured his right arm when he fell while trying to catch a falling container.
A few months after his injury, his doctor released him back to work on light duty. His employer, unable to accommodate those restrictions, enrolled him in ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work program. He was placed at a nonprofit called Fifty Forward Donelson Station, one of the thousands of agencies in ReEmployAbility’s national network. This organization enriches the lives of adults age 50+ by providing pathways to health, well-being, and lifelong learning. For Jim, this was the first “office job” he’d ever held—and he was nervous.
Fifty Forward’s Program Director, Lisa Maddox, assigned Jim to the front desk, performing mostly administrative tasks, greeting guests, and giving tours. “We rely heavily on volunteers to help us run our nonprofit organization so we welcomed the help,” said Maddox. “Our members took to him right away! He was very well liked.”
Jim worked at Fifty Forward for four months while he continued treatment for his injury. He learned a variety of new skills, met many people, and reported that he enjoyed the organization and the people he met there. Once Jim’s doctor determined that he had reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), meaning he had healed to his maximum capacity but would have some permanent restrictions that impact his work duties, Jim could not go back to his original position at his company. The requirements of his old job were just too strenuous for what he was now able to do. While unfortunate for the company to lose a good worker, it was even worse for Jim because now he was without a job… or so it seemed.
Because of his newly acquired skills and his stand out performance while in placement with the nonprofit, as soon as Fifty Forward Donelson Station had a position available, they contacted Jim and offered him the job. Jim eagerly jumped at the chance and joined the nonprofit on a permanent basis performing the same job he had held during his participation in the Transition2Work program.
What started as an unlikely job became Jim’s new career. By participating in the Transition2Work, Jim had the opportunity to work, learn new skills, and gain valuable community connections while recuperating from his injury. The connections, experience, and skills gained during his placement with the nonprofit helped to earn him his next job. Once again, Transition2Work has provided a ‘win-win’ solution with positive impacts for all involved!
* Name has been changed.