L&I’s Return to Work Program

How you can earn reimbursements for injured workers

Companies can earn reimbursement for a portion of their costs by agreeing to allow injured workers to quickly and safely return to light-duty or transitional work.

  • Eligible employers can be reimbursed for 50 percent of the base wages up to 66 days.
  • They may be reimbursed for some cost of training, tools, or clothing needed to perform light-duty as transitional work.
  • Use of the reimbursement lowers claim costs but does not affect your experience rating.

The purpose of this incentive is to encourage more employers to return their injured workers to light-duty or transitional jobs with the doctor’s approval. This medical best practice can help the worker recover.

  • We gather wage information and time sheets along with any other pertinent information in order to complete the application.
  • We track your claims reimbursements and provide a monthly or quarterly report and issue a check to you. You can also choose to have your reimbursement applied to future administration fees for the Retro program if it is easier than processing checks that are received.

Related Services

Workers’ Comp Claims Services

When contacting the claims management services, you will receive aggressive in-house claims management and total oversight with all parties involved. We perform a comprehensive investigation on all claims, regardless how simple they may appear at first reporting. We provide predictive modeling in the early stages of a claim, direct the outcomes and provide full reports of status and plan for resolution of each claim.

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Risk Class Code Reclassification

Classifications are based on the nature of your business and L&I assigns risk classifications at the time the L&I account number is created. If you feel the nature of your business has changed and the current risk classifications are no longer applicable, our staff will review the current risk classification codes assigned.

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L&I & UBI Account Resolution

If you are new to our state or thinking of starting a business in Washington, we advise that you first set up your UBI number for tax purposes and an L&I account if you intend to have employees. You may have multiple locations in Washington but are acquiring new locations. If so, there are options available as to how you set up your L&I account numbers.

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How To Enroll

If you meet the above requirements, fill out a brief form to request more information on how to enroll.

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Only Washington Retail members have access to the services and resources available from Retail Services

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Retro is a safety incentive program. Let us help you drive down the costs of doing business in Washington State

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