If you are an employer in the state of Washington and have an employee claiming workers compensation pay and benefits as the result of an on-the-job injury, you may be eligible for a wide range of financial incentives for bringing the employee back to work in a light duty or transitional job.
Recognizing that employees tend to recover from injuries more quickly when they remain at work, the “Stay At Work” program provides incentives for employers to create light duty or transitional jobs for injured workers to avoid the higher long term costs of worker compensation claims.
The incentives you should be aware of are:
WAGES. You can be reimbursed up to 50% of the employee’s base wages for up to 66 days of work, or $10,000, whichever comes first.
TRAINING. You can be reimbursed for up to $1000 if training is necessary for the employee to do the light duty work.
TOOLS/EQUIPMENT. If new tools and equipment are necessary, employers are allowed reimbursements up to $2500.
CLOTHING. The Stay At Work program allows employees to be reimbursed up to $400 for any new clothing required to perform the light duty job.
As in all government programs, there are details and specifics that have to be considered to determine your eligibility for specific benefits. For additional information on the Stay At Work program visit www.stayatwork.lni.wa.gov.