Workers’ Compensation Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits Program
Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits provide the injured employee with vouchers, which are nontransferable, for education training and skill enhancing at state approved and accredited schools. This applies specifically to workers who were injured after January 1, 2004. A worker is entitled to this is he or she sustains permanent partial disability and does not return to work for 60 days. The amount of the voucher varies from $4000 to $10,000 depending on the disability. The vouchers can be used for tuition, books, fees and other such expenses related to the training. It is important to retain an attorney to ensure that you are receiving the maximum amount of the voucher to which you are entitled.
Workers’ Compensation Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits Replaced Vocational Rehabilitation
For injuries occurring prior to January 1, 2004, an injured employee was entitled to vocational rehabilitation. This right of the injured employee to be put through vocational training was repealed by the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit program. The issue with the vocational rehabilitation was that an injured employee could buy out their right to the training, and receive money instead of training.
Reason For the Workers’ Compensation Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits Program Over Vocational Rehabilitation.
The state legislature decided that the problem was that the ability to buy out the right to the training left injured workers with no new training. Therefore, they repealed this program and made the supplemental program nontransferable. The state wanted the injured worker to be able to get the training necessary to enable them to return to gainful employment. The programs enable an injured employee to discover new skills which would allow them to re-enter the job market with a new skill set fit around their disability.
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