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The Functional Abilities Form (FAF) is a document used in Quebec to assess an individual’s functional abilities and limitations related to their ability to perform work tasks. It is commonly used by employers, insurance companies, and the legal community as part of disability management processes.
Question: What is the purpose of the Functional Abilities Form in Quebec?
1. Assessment Tool: The FAF serves as a standardized assessment tool that helps evaluate an individual’s functional capabilities for work.
2. Objective Information: It provides objective information about an individual’s physical, cognitive, and psychological abilities.
3. Return-to-Work Planning: The FAF assists in creating effective return-to-work plans tailored to an individual’s specific functional limitations.
4. Legal Compliance: Completing the FAF ensures compliance with Quebec labor laws regarding accommodations for employees with disabilities.
5. Evidence-Based Decision Making: The form generates evidence-based data that can be used by stakeholders such as employers, insurance companies, or legal professionals when making decisions related to disability claims.
1. Who completes the Functional Abilities Form?
Answer: In most cases, healthcare professionals such as physicians or occupational therapists complete the form based on their assessment of the individual’s functional abilities.
2. Is it mandatory for all employees in Quebec?
Answer: No, it is not mandatory for all employees but may be required if there are concerns about an employee’s ability to perform job-related tasks due to health issues or disabilities.
3. Can employers use the FAF during recruitment processes?
Answer: Employers should not use this form during recruitment processes as it focuses on assessing current employees’ abilities rather than potential candidates.
4. How often should a Functional Abilities Form be updated?
Answer: The frequency of updating depends on various factors such as changes in medical conditions or job requirements; however, it is generally recommended to update every six months or when significant changes occur.
5. Can the Functional Abilities Form be used as a standalone document for disability claims?
Answer: No, the FAF is typically used in conjunction with other medical documentation and assessments to support disability claims.
6. What happens if there are discrepancies between the Functional Abilities Form and an employee’s job description?
Answer: In case of discrepancies, it is essential to evaluate whether reasonable accommodations can be made based on the functional limitations identified in the form while still meeting job requirements.
7. Are employers required to provide accommodations based on the information provided in a completed Functional Abilities Form?
Answer: Employers have a legal obligation to accommodate employees’ disabilities up to undue hardship. The information from the FAF helps employers understand how they can reasonably accommodate an employee within their functional limitations.
The Functional Abilities Form (FAF) serves as a valuable assessment tool in Quebec for evaluating an individual’s functional capabilities related to work tasks. It provides objective information, assists in return-to-work planning, ensures legal compliance, and supports evidence-based decision making. Healthcare professionals complete this form, which helps stakeholders make informed decisions regarding disability management processes and accommodation strategies while considering an individual’s specific abilities and limitations.