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Grant helps injured employees get back on the job

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By Kevin Dudley, WSU Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. – A nursing professor at Washington State University Spokane has developed materials to save time and money for employees, employers and the state’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

Getting individuals who have a job-related injury or illness back to work as soon as possible was the goal of the state Safety and Health Investment Programs grant awarded to Denise Smart in the College of Nursing.

Team investigating perceptions of new L&I program

What happens when a bakery employee hurts his ankle while lifting a 50-pound bag of flour? In some cases, he might miss a week or two of work. But in the case of “Jerry,” he shifts to a job that allows him to stay at work, off his ankle, and decorate cakes until he’s healthy enough to go back to his regular position.

“Jerry” is a character in a new Washington State Department of Labor and Industries TV spot. The ad promotes the agency’s new Stay at Work program, which pays employers up to half of an injured worker’s base wages. In exchange, the employee … » More …

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