For injuries occurring on or after Nov. 7, 2005, if the worker was totally unable to return to his employment at the time of injury for at least 60 consecutive days, but less than 90 consecutive days, the worker or employer can request an eligibility evaluation for reemployment benefits. The rehabilitation specialist must interview the worker and employer and review all written job descriptions existing at the time of injury. The rehabilitation specialist must also obtain descriptions of jobs the worker held within 10 years before the injury. The rehabilitation specialist must send his report to the administrator, worker, and employer. If the administrator determines that the worker is eligible for reemployment benefits, the administrator's notice must state that the worker must either elect reemployment benefits and select a rehabilitation specialist or accept a job dislocation benefit. The new regulations went into effect on July 9.
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August 11, 2011
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