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Temporary Worker Assignment (TWA), to the extent possible, is the most advantageous option for the employer in the event of an employment injury. Indeed, it allows to reduce the financial and temporal costs in this type of situation.

What is a temporary assignment?

Temporary assignment is a specific measure that consists of giving an employee who has suffered an employment injury or a work accident temporary assignments adapted to his or her physical and psychological situation until he or she recovers. The conditions are as follows:

What are the benefits of temporary assignment?

– A financial advantage

The CNESST contributions payable by the company increase when an employee is taken off work due to an occupational injury. However, they remain unchanged in the case where the latter opts for the temporary assignment of the worker. Therefore, TWA is an economic option for societies, as long as the physical and psychological conditions allow its realization. It should be noted, however, that the payment of the employee’s full salary is the responsibility of the employer.

– An advantage in terms of personnel

When an employee goes on sick leave, he or she leaves a vacancy, which can cause an overload of work for the entire staff, resulting in a significant decrease in overall productivity over the long term.

In some cases, the employer is even obliged to hire a temporary worker and will therefore have to pay the worker’s salary in addition to the CNESST contributions related to the employment injury. The costs can be very high. On the other hand, opting for a temporary assignment limits the losses since the employee continues to work.

– Benefits for the worker

A total work stoppage sometimes results in a decline in the worker’s skills and competencies, which can complicate reintegration later on. Thus, many employees suffering from an employment injury prefer to opt for temporary assignment and maintain a minimum activity, adapted to their conditions.


Temporary assignment therefore seems to be the best solution in the event of an occupational injury if the worker obtains the approval of his or her attending physician. Fleming HR Consulting, an expert in CNESST files, will assist you in all your interactions with the CNESST in order to clarify the various options available to you.

We help you save time and money in every situation while considering the reality of your employees. To take advantage of our services or to obtain additional information, we invite you to contact us directly by phone at 438-380-4310. You can also email us at info@rhfleming.ca or fill out an online form on our website.