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Returning to work

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 your employer. It provides incentives for your employer to bring you back to work early, such as tools, clothing, or worksite modifications to make sure you are working within your restrictions.

Preferred Worker Program (PWP):
If you are unable to return to your job at injury due to permanent restrictions from your accepted claim, you may be eligible for the Preferred Worker Program. The program provides re-employment incentives and benefits to you and your 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.

The workers’ compensation insurance carrier provides vocational assistance to help injured workers return to suitable employment after an on-the-job injury. People who provide vocational assistance must be certified by the Workers’ Compensation Division and employed by a registered provider, insurer, or self-insured employer.

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