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Sick Leave and Disability Management Program Human Resources | March 2012. Current Process. Currently Human Resources administers the sick leave program for longer term or frequent absences. This includes:

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Current Process

  • Currently Human Resources administers the sick leave program for longer term or frequent absences.
  • This includes:
    • Ensuring there is appropriate medical documentation to support an absence and return work.
    • Providing employees with support they need throughout their absence.
    • Providing support to managers and employees during the return to work process.
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Why the change?

  • Benefits of Early Intervention
  • Increasing complexity of sick leave claims
  • A program with consistent processes for sick leave & accommodation
  • Medical Information is reviewed and housed off-site which ensures confidentiality
  • Access to health care professionals with expertise in disability management, ensuring that employees and managers have the support they require
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What has changed?

  • Sick Leave review process
  • Implementation of a third party medical service provider, for any absence greater than 5 consecutive days
  • Documentation required for a medical leave
  • Increase in the reimbursement amount for completion of medical form from $35 to $50
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What has not changed?

  • Sick Leave benefits provided under your collective agreement or handbook
  • Process for absences less than 5 consecutive days
  • Process for absences related to the illness of a family member
  • Accommodated Return to work process
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Who is Cowan?

  • Cowan Insurance Group is a third party medical case management service provider. They have a multidisciplinary team that includes:
    • Two Case Managers dedicated to WLU
    • Access to RNs, OccupationalHealth Nurses, Kinesiologists, and RPNs
    • Access to four Medical Consultants (physicians)
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What is Cowan’s role?

  • Provide support to the employee and the University
  • Apply fair and consistent practices
  • Maintain confidentiality of all medical documentation
  • Make a recommendation based on received objective medical information
  • Provide information on return to work plans
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Working with Cowan

  • WLU’s dedicated Case Manager from Cowan typically will contact you within 48 hours of receiving referral
  • Cowan Case Manager will provide an introduction and describe the process to you
  • Initial and regular communication is part of the process
  • Case Manager will discuss and gather more information as necessary, regarding your absence
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Key Contacts

Resources

  • Key information and documentation will be located in the employee and management toolboxes located on the Human Resources website http://www.wlu.ca/hr