The stay at work program is a new L&I program, designed to give money to the employer, if they bring their injured worker back to light duty or part time work.
Program Limitations and requirements
- State fund claims only (not self-insured)
- Reimbursement of 50% to employer, for a maximum of 66 days at work, or $10,000 whichever occurs first
- Employer must complete a job description form
- Wage calculations are limited to base wages and overtime. Does not include tips, bonus, health care, etc;
- Reimbursement to the employer can include wages, training, tools, and clothing
- Your employer will communicate with your doctor
Is Stay at Work a Good Program?
This is a well intentioned program. It gives the employer an incentive to get their injured workers back on the job.
However some unscrupulous employers take advantage of this program.
- An employer can be better off with you injured than with you healthy. The employer gets money,and you keep working.
- Many employers do not honor light duty job restrictions. Some employers will send you right back to the same job. Working beyond restrictions can cause reinjury. Be careful.
How To Apply
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