We are very pleased to announce yet another addition to our national Account Executive team, Ellen Elliott-Applegate. She has recently joined our growing team as our new Account Executive — Pacific Region. In this new role, Ellen is dedicated to business development and managing relationships with our Transition2Work program partners in California and the pacific region states (Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington).
After conducting an extensive search, we are excited to add Ellen to our marketing team — she comes to us with an impressive background in the claims and insurance industry and her experience and professionalism will be an asset to our clients.
Ellen brings to the table over 20 years of workers’ compensation and disability industry experience. Throughout her career, she has worked for TPAs, brokers, and insurance carriers. Her expansive workers’ compensation and disability background includes roles such as Sales Manager for a disability representation and Medicare plan selection service provider, Account Representative for a Medicare Set Asides (MSA) program, Branch Manager for a case management and life care service, and Workers’ Compensation Claims Examiner.
Ellen is originally from New York, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts and Marketing from St. John’s University. She is currently working towards completing a Master of Arts in Human Resources.
Contact Ellen Elliott-Applegate at (818) 964-9240 or Ellen@reemployability.com
During this special time of the year, we reflect upon the things for which we are most thankful. Our team is deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve the thousands of injured workers, employers, nonprofit organizations, insurance carriers, third-party claims administrators, and communities across the United States who benefit from our programs. We are thankful for the many ‘win-win’ outcomes our partnership has created in 2014 – together, we’ve helped injured employees transition back to work by focusing on their capabilities, and in turn, provided more than 2,000 local communities with over 500,000 hours of much needed volunteer time.
Helping people get back to work faster is what we do best and we sincerely appreciate our association. We are honored and inspired to be working together to positively touch the lives of so many each and every day.
Warmest wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
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
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!
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 Baughman at (813) 298-9972 or Natalie@reemployability.com
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/
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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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!
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.”
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.
It’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!