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Return-to-Work Assistance Options
and Initiation of Services

 

Re-employment assistance

Employer-at-Injury Program: Provides incentives to employers who return their injured workers with open disabling or nondisabling claims to temporary transitional work. Incentives include three-month wage subsidies, worksite modifications, and certain purchases.

Preferred Worker Program: Provides incentives to Oregon employers to hire workers with injury-caused permanent disabilities. Incentives include exemption from paying workers' compensation premiums on the preferred worker for up to three years, claim-cost reimbursement for new on-the-job injuries within the premium exemption period, six-month wage subsidies, worksite modifications, and employment purchases.

 

Vocational assistance

Direct employment plan: Assists a worker to find and obtain suitable new employment.

Training plan: Assists a worker to obtain suitable new employment when a direct employment plan is not sufficient. The plan includes on-the-job training, basic education, skills training, formal training, and sheltered workshop training.

Note: Re-employment assistance may be combined with vocational assistance.
 

Initiation of Services

Pre-claim closure:

Initiator
Event
*Service initiation
Employer at injury Wants to return the worker to modified work. Requests help from insurer for the Employer-at-Injury Program.
Worker, employer, insurer Reports to WCD that worker has available immediate employment. WCD issues a preferred worker identification card to eligible workers. The card identifies incentives and procedures to employers.
Worker or worker's representative, employer, physician Requests or sends report to the insurer indicating need for vocational assistance. Insurer determines eligibility for vocational assistance that may result in a direct employment plan or training plan. The insurer and eligible worker agree on a vocational assistance provider.


At claim closure:

Initiator
Event
*Service initiation
Insurer Reports employment status to Workers' Compensation Division. WCD issues a preferred worker identification card to eligible workers. The card identifies incentives and procedures to employers.
Insurer Determines eligibility for vocational assistance if not previously determined and worker is not working. If provided, vocational assistance may result in a direct employment plan or training plan. The insurer and eligible worker agree on a vocational assistance provider.

Note:
A Claim Disposition Agreement or resolution of litigation may also obligate the insurer to report employment status information to WCD that may trigger the issuance of a preferred worker card.
*Refer to other Topic of Interest sheets for eligibility criteria and more information.
 
For more information contact:
Return-to-Work Programs: 503-947-7588
Vocational Assistance Program: 503-947-7816

If you have questions about this webpage, please contact Rae Howe, 503-947-7018.