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Return to Work


The mission of the Return-to-Work Program is to educate the employer on the importance and benefit of providing modified duty for an employee recuperating from a work related injury. This branch plays an integral part by providing agencies the resources and information needed in order to make the most informed decision regarding their ability to return injured employees to work.  

If you do not reach us by phone, please contact us via email:

Melissa Clay at Melissa.Clay@ky.gov

Allison Walters at Allison.Walters@ky.gov 

Alan Hurst at AlanB.Hurst@ky.gov

Temporary Modified Duty

If approved by the physician, agencies may be able to provide temporary modified duty to make the transition back to work easier.

Temporary modified duty can:

                    • Assist the employee in remaining active and productive
                    • Ease employees' concerns about continued employment
                    • Allow skilled, experienced employees to remain on the job
                    • Increase communication with the employer
                    • Reduce or eliminate stress, boredom, or depression caused by an injury
                    • Decrease feelings of dependency or lack of control
                    • Assist employers in maintaining some control over the direction of the workers' compensation claim and costs


Note: If you have an employee who has been injured on the job and that employee has either started losing time from work or started working modified duty, complete the Lost Time and Return-to-Work Form and submit with any supporting documentation.


If you have an employee who is beginning a modified duty program, you should first review the Report of Medical Status or agency specific Fitness for Duty Form provided by the employee's physician and alter the job tasks to fit the restrictions suggested.

Once specific, productive, and meaningful tasks are identified, a manager can complete the Temporary Modified Duty Plan (TMD) if applicable. By using the TMD Plan, both employer and employee are clear about what is expected during this time.

Temporary Modified Duty can be altered or canceled at the agency's discretion. However, please be mindful of other employment laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans' with Disabilities Act (ADA) and all applicable state Statutes and Regulations.

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Alan Hurst
Melissa Clay
Allison Walters 
Return to Work Branch