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Q:
I just learned of California’s Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits (SJDB) program and think I might qualify for a $6,000 voucher for assistance with retraining and my job search. However, after I was awarded partial permanent disability in Butte, my employer offered me a different job. For several reasons, I didn’t accept it. Does this mean I can still get the voucher?

A:

If your employer met the state’s requirements for offering you different work after being awarded permanent partial disability in Butte, you will not be eligible for the voucher. Let’s take a quick look at those requirements.

First, any offer of regular, modified, or alternative employment must be offered within the state deadline. For industrial injuries that happened between 1/1/2004 and 12/31/2013, jobs must be offered within 30 days of your last temporary disability payment. For industrial injuries that happened on or after 1/1/2013, jobs must be offered within 60 days of receipt by the claims administrator of the Physician’s Return-to-Work & Voucher Report.

Modified or alternative employment must:

  • Be one you have the capacity to perform
  • Be a regular position lasting at least 12 months
  • Offer compensation of at least 85% of what you were paid at the time of your injury
  • Can be reasonably accessed from your residence at the time of the injury.

 

Struggling to navigate the workers’ compensation claims process? Don’t wait any longer, talk to a Butte workplace injury attorney today. Call the Ledgerwood Law Group toll-free at 888-761-7383 to learn more. Also, request our helpful free guide, The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual.