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Returning to work

Most Oregon employers with more than 20 workers must return an injured worker to the worker’s job or another suitable job after the worker is released to work. Research shows that injured workers benefit from returning to work at the earliest possible time after an on-the-job injury.

Return-to-work programs

Oregon has three programs that help employers bring workers back to work quickly and safely.

  • Employer-at-Injury Program (EAIP): EAIP helps you stay on the job or get back to work with the employer at injury. It provides monetary incentives to your employer.
  • Preferred Worker Program (PWP): If you are unable to return to your old job and have a permanent disability, you may be eligible for PWP. PWP provides incentives to you and employers.
  • Vocational assistance: Vocational assistance includes help with job placement and training. You may qualify for assistance if all of the following are true:
    • You have permanent limitations caused by the injury or aggravation
    • You cannot return to your regular job or another job that pays at least 80 percent of your wages at the time of your injury or aggravation
    • You are authorized to work in the United States


800-452-0288 (toll-free)

Para información en español

Ombudsman for Injured Workers
800-927-1271 (toll-free)​​

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