OR Notifies Employers Of Incentives

                               Portland, OR (CompNewsNetwork) - The Oregon Division of Workers' Compensation published a new section in their website called Employer Incentives News which notifies employers that they may qualify to receive financial incentives for re-hiring injured workers. Employer Incentives News provides an overview of benefits employers can receive when they participate in Oregon's Return-to-work programs, including the Preferred Worker Program and the Employer-at-Injury Program. Through these programs employers can receive financial benefits that increases their bottom line. Here are some highlights:

A. Between 1990 and 2005, the Eugene 4J School District received a more than $1.07 million in benefits from the Preferred Worker Program. The benefits the district received included the following:

- Wage subsidy - $249,050
- Premium exemption - $128,514
- Worksite modifications - $481,939
- New claim costs reimbursements - $214,700

However, the benefits didn't stop there. Between 1993 and 2005, the Eugene 4J School District also received nearly $500,000 in benefits through the Employer-at-Injury Program. In a 12-year period, 4J realized nearly $2 million from the Oregon return-to-work programs. 

B. Recent changes affecting the Preferred Worker Program and Employer-at-Injury Program go into effect Jan. 1, 2010.

The changes to OAR 436-105 - Employer-at-Injury Program (EAIP):

  • Define "consumables," and allow the purchase of consumables under the EAIP
  • Clarify limitations on worksite modifications
  • Clarify minimum reimbursement thresholds and requirements for reimbursements of administrative costs

The changes to OAR 436-110 - Preferred Worker Program (PWP):

  • Clarify the definition of "date of hire"
  • Revise the definitions of "premium" and "reimbursable wages" to be consistent with the definitions in OAR 436-105
  • Implement House Bill 2197 by clarifying procedures for use of premium exemption under ORS 656.622
  • Provide a more specific time limit for requesting claims cost reimbursement
  • Create a new employment purchase type - Job Placement Assistance


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