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Workers Compensation Return to Work Management

Renaissance Tower - 1201 Elm Street, 23rd Floor, Suite 2300-B, Dallas, TX 75270
Telephone: (214) 653-7638 • Fax: (214) 653-7608


My employee wants to return to work. What should I do?

The Employee must have a release from the treating physician to return to work; with or without restrictions.

  • Request a copy of the release form from the employee (doctor’s note or Texas Workers’ Compensation Work Status Report, TWCC-73) for the record and also submit a copy to the Dallas County’s Workers Compensation Section.

  • Review any restrictions/limitations or time-off requirements for the employee.

Medical Clearance from the County’s Employee Health Center

  • Prior to returning to work with restrictions, or without restrictions but having been off work due to an on-the-job injury for a period of time (30 days for law enforcement employees; 45 days for non-law enforcement employees), the employee must also have a release from the County’s Health Center Physician.

  • Sheriff's Department employees only: Law enforcement employees assigned to the Sheriff’s Department (including DSOs) who have been absent from work due to an on-the-job injury for more than 10 days must receive medical clearance from the Employee Health Center. As soon as a provider releases the employee for either modified of full duty, the employee must contact the Workers’ Compensation division at 214-653-7667immediately to be scheduled for a medical clearance physical by the Employee Health Center.

  • All Other Departments: If a non-law enforcement employee has been off work for more than 45 days due to an on-the-job illness or injury, the employee must receive medical clearance from the County’s Employee Health Center before returning to work. When a provider releases the employee for either modified or full duty, the employee must contact you or your department representative immediately to be scheduled for a medical clearance physical by the Employee Health Center.

Released back to work with restrictions: (either by a treating physician and/or the County’s Health Center Physician)

  • An employee with restrictions cannot come back to work until a light duty assignment has been located. You must work with Dallas County Workers Compensation section to find a light duty job that will accommodate the employee’s restrictions.

  • If an employee is released back to work with restrictions, and a light duty assignment is identified, you must provide the employee with a Bona Fide Offer of Employment (BOE) letter; s/he must then sign and date the letter and return it to you or the Dallas County Workers Compensation Section prior to or on the first day of his/her light duty assignment; NO EXCEPTIONS. Otherwise s/he cannot return to work.

  • Submit a TWCC-6 Supplemental Report of Injury from the Workers’ Compensation section when the employee returns to work.

The My Texas Direct provider panel represents an exclusive group of medical providers that excel in treating injured workers and in returning them to productive duty in a timely manner.

A list of facilities approved for job related injuries, effective January 1, 2016.

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See Chapter 82, Article VIII