Return-To-Work Fund Edged Towards Full Expenditure Before Pandemic

The Baker SB 863 workers’ comp reforms created a special $120 million fund to give supplemental payments to injured employees who could not return to their at-injury employer. Eligible injured employees who apply get $5,000 each, but the program has never spent all that it has to give. Could this be the year? Not likely, … Read More »

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Job Displacement Benefit Program Failing

California’s Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit voucher program is intended to help injured workers get retrained and find a new job when they are unable to return to the at-injury employer. But state officials say that it is failing at this – its central goal. Results from a limited survey show that just 6% of respondents … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Fate In Governor’s Hands

The California Legislature wrapped up its work for the year, and now it is up to Gov. Jerry Brown to determine the fate of the few workers’ comp bills that advanced to his desk. The bills cover a number of topics including apportionment, permanent disability, anti-fraud and the state’s $120 million return-to-work fund. These measures … Read More »

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Former Jailbird Owed SJDB Voucher

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board says the State Compensation Insurance Fund owes a former prisoner a $6,000 Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit voucher because the prison system failed to make a “bona fide [return-to-work] job offer” after the inmate was permanent and stationary. The kicker is that the WCAB found that the defendant’s offer was not … Read More »

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State Fund, CIGA, Return-to-Work and Terrorist Bills Survive

The legislative session is turning the corner, and there are still a handful of workers’ comp bills in play but expect more to drop off.  One of the most controversial bills still alive is AB 44, introduced by Assemblyman and applicant’s attorney Eloise Gomez-Reyes (D-San Bernardino). It has been amended to require employers to provide immediately … Read More »

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Committee Votes to Distribute the Entire RTW Fund

Making sure Department of Industrial Relations spends every penny in the state’s $120 million Return-To-Work fund every year that is funded by employers – even if there aren’t enough injured people to use up the money. Legislative efforts in the form of AB 553 (Daly D-Anaheim) would ensure all the money is spent even if it … Read More »

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Government’s RTW Numbers Don’t Add Up

New rules are in place to give many injured workers more time to apply for the state’s $5,000 Return-To-Work supplement and the state is on pace to pay out more from the $120 million fund than ever before. However, the state is now looking at changing the award amount to ensure that more money is … Read More »

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Return-To-Work Regs Under Review

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) is reviewing proposed final regulations to give injured workers more time to apply for benefits from the $120 million employer-funded Return-To-Work supplement created by the SB 863 reforms. The final regulations mirror the Department of Industrial Relations’ first proposal giving injured workers who missed the initial filing deadline a … Read More »

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