What do you do when an employee gets hurt? How do you support the
them while managing costs?
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) offers two new actionable solutions that support both employers and workers after an injury:
- Create light-duty jobs and get reimbursed for base wages from L&I.
- Encourage injured workers to file an accident report online by clicking:
Stay at Work reimburses qualified employers half the injured worker's base wages when given a light-duty or transitional job during recovery. The program pays up to $10,000 or 66 days of wages per claim. Employers can also get reimbursed up to $2,500 for equipment, $1,000 for training, and $400 for clothing per claim.
To date, about 2,000 employers state wide have received $15.2 million in wages and expense reimbursements to support nearly 6,700 injured workers in medically-approved light-duty jobs.
While the standard practice to file a claim has been the Report of Accident (ROA) form, filing online through FileFast improves claim receipt by five critical days.
HR managers can learn more about both programs by attending local workshops and online webinars.