Return to Work/Fit for Duty Evaluations:
There are situations when an ECU supervisor may desire to obtain our medical opinion. Such incidents may include:
Is an employee capable of performing their ECU occupational duties based on their personal health status either physical or mental?
Can a work restriction imposed by an employee’s personal physician be met at ECU?
Can an employee who has been out of work with a significant or prolonged illness safely return to work?
What if a supervisor is concerned that the employee is not able to perform their expected job duties based on observation of deteriorating performance, a pattern of erratic attendance, or other indicator that suggests a change in health status impacting work performance?
In such cases a fit for duty or return to work evaluation may be requested by
the supervisor. A Human Resources Employee Relations Specialist should be
consulted whenever such an evaluation is contemplated to ensure that ECU
policies regarding leave time, FMLA and short or long-term disability are
followed. The supervisor should contact the Employee Health physician to
provide information about their observations and concerns. A copy of the
employee’s job description will be needed to compare the expected
occupational demands with their current capabilities.
If the employee’s return to work or continued presence in the workplace
could create a health risk for themselves or others, they should not return
until cleared. (Administrative leave may be granted to complete this evaluation
process, at the discretion of the supervisor and the Human Resources Employee
Relations Specialist.) If the employee is found to be medically unable to perform
their occupational duties, they will be referred to their personal physician for
treatment; ECU leave and/or disability policies will govern time away from work.
After treatment resolves or improves the condition and the employee’s personal
physician certifies that they may return to work, the employee will be
re-evaluated by ECU Employee Health to verify fitness for duty and safe return
Annual Employee Health History Update
New Employee Basic Health History
Basic Health History Form - ANIMAL USERS