A professional rehabilitation counselor has extensive training in the medical, social, psychological and vocational issues surrounding impairment and disability. The State of Michigan requires licensing for Licensed Practical Counselors and Registered Nurses. In addition, national certification is also recommended. Such certification involves passing written examinations and accumulation of additional educational units to maintain certification:
I. COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
II. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
III. SAFETY AND PREVENTION
IV. IDENTIFICATION OF PROBLEMS
A collaborative study between Bureau of Workers' Disability Compensation, Upjohn Institute, and Michigan State University in 1987 demonstrated that employers who most frequently engage in safety prevention, foster an open managerial style, and have a disability management policy are most likely to have a lower workers' compensation claims frequency.
On July 26, 1992, the Americans with Disabilities Act became effective. Employers are prohibited by law from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodations.
MUST I COMPLY WITH ADA?
According to Federal law, employers with more than 25 employees must comply. In July 1994, employers with 15 or more must be in compliance. However, Michigan Handicappers Civil Rights Act requires ALL employers to comply and will take precedence over the Federal law.
HOW DO I DETERMINE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF A JOB?
Thorough and concise job analyses identify the essential functions of each job within your organization. This assures that all applicants under consideration meet the same criteria and discrimination does not occur. Ideally, job descriptions should be developed prior to hiring and maintained by Personnel.
HOW MUCH ARE ACCOMMODATIONS GOING TO COST ME?
Fifty percent of accommodations for employees with disabilities cost less than $50, with 70% less than $500. Examples could include work stools, computer pads, adaptive keyboards, adjustment of work surface heights, rearranging work shifts, job rotation.
WHAT ELSE MUST I PROVIDE? HOW DO I DECIDE WHAT'S BEST?
A professional and experienced rehabilitation counselor can help you choose or design the following:
HOW DOES ADA AFFECT MY CURRENT EMPLOYEES?
Accommodations must be considered for current employees who fall under ADA coverage who return to work after injury or illness. A job site evaluation by a trained rehabilitation counselor can be a valuable tool in returning all of your valuable employees back to their previous job or with a new job.
Fifty percent of accommodations cost less than $50, with 70% less than $500. We can assess needs and locate necessary and quality products for both new and current employees.
Comprehensive job descriptions can be compiled for all job titles within your organization for personnel record keeping. A lap top computer used on site ensures accuracy. They are ADA compatible.
Measuring assessments can be selected to determine the aptitudes/ personality/interest/achievement levels of individual applicants for a particular job. Knowing dexterity, speed and accuracy, spatial perception, and personality type can help in the screening process. A successful job match means better organizational fit, lower turnover, greater job satisfaction, and better work performance.
Workshops can be conducted on site with groups of displaced workers to provide labor market research, job search techniques, resume preparation, and even job placement assistance.
POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE POOL
A clientele of approximately 100 pre-evaluated employees is maintained on a regular basis. People with varied work experience and skills can fill your temporary needs. Permanent employment consideration can be evaluated through partial wage reimbursement for brief trial work periods.