Stay at Work -How WA State Companies Can Be Reimbursed 50% of an Injured Worker’s Wages While on Light Duty
Stay at Work sounds like a great unique program for employers and injured employees.
Two months ago, Mr. Kohler (see below) contacted me. He wanted to see if I would be interested in posting a guest post on the unique state of Washington’s Workers Compensation system.
I admit that I do not allow very many guests posts. Washington’s L&I (think monopolistic) is unto itself on many aspects of Workers Compensation. Mr. Kohler made me an offer that I could not refuse. Below is the article he wrote verbatim.
The Washington State Department Labor and Industries (L&I) has a unique program called “Stay at Work” that is designed to help employees stay on the job after an injury claim has been filed. The program is geared to meeting both the needs of injured employees and employers that are worried about managing all of the costs associated with an employee injury claim.
What is “Stay at Work”?
“Stay at Work” is a financial incentive program that reimburses employers for some of the costs of transitioning an injured worker to temporary, light-duty jobs while they recover from their injuries. Eligible employers are able to get reimbursed from L&I for eligible expenses.
The program was created to deal with the issues faced by both employers and employees when an injured employee is kept off the job of injury for months at a time.
The employee, even with worker’s compensation, payments can see as much as a 30% to 40% reduction in their take-home pay. Also, the longer an employee is out of work, the more difficult their recovery becomes and the harder it is to get back to work.
“Stay at Work” encourages employers to find temporary light-duty jobs for injured employees so that they can continue to participate in the workplace. This improves their health outcomes and allows them to avoid a reduction in their take-home pay.