Transitional Return to Work

The University of California Santa Cruz encourages work injured employees to return to work in a modified capacity on a temporary basis when they are restricted from their regular work due to physical limitation - as prescribed by their Designated Medical Treatment Provider. These modified work arrangements are referred to as Transitional Work Assignments. This program is covered under the UCSC Transitional Return to Work Program Guidelines.

Provision of transitional work is beneficial to both employee and the work unit.  Employees continue to be able to work at their regular rate of pay while participating in a transitional return to work assignment. The unit continues to be able to depend on the availability of the affected employee (at a modified capacity) to perform necessary and essential work. Studies have shown that employees often recover quicker from the effects of their injury when participating in a transitional or modified work capacity.

Disability Management Services provides disability management services for non-occupational injuries or illness, including identifying opportunities for reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities. This department also can provide information about benefits under the Liberty Mutual Short Term Disability Insurance Plan. Contact the Disabilities Management Coordinator for more information by email or by phone at 831- 459-4602.