Fermilab’s new modified work program

Kay Van Vreede

Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column.

WDRS is pleased to introduce the Fermilab Modified Work Program. This new program effectively formalizes past department-level efforts and assists employees who are temporarily restricted from performing their regularly assigned duties because of a temporary occupational or non-occupational illness or injury.

Regular full-time, regular part-time and term laboratory employees (including guest scientists) are eligible to participate in this program.

Program participants must provide a Return to Work Authorization form, completed by their personal health care providers, that sufficiently demonstrates that they are:

  • temporarily unable to perform one or more essential job duties following an occupational or non-occupational illness or injury and
  • capable of carrying out work of a lighter or modified nature from their regular duties and
  • expected to return to regular duties within 120 calendar days.

This program will ensure that employees can work safely within their temporary work restrictions. You are strongly encouraged to review the policy and interactive process maps.

HR generalists are available to answer questions and further explain the modified work program. Feel free to contact your generalist or Juanita Frazier at frazier@fnal.gov or x3793.