Washington State Benefits

The Washington Stay at Work Program is a financial incentive that encourages employers to bring their injured workers quickly and safely back to light-duty or transitional work by reimbursing them for some of their costs.

What will Stay at Work reimburse employers for?

1. Wage reimbursement:50% of your injured worker’s base wages for the light-duty or transitional work:

For up to 66 days in which work was actually performed per claim. Fewer than 8 hours still counts as one day.

Within a consecutive 24-month period.

Up to $10,000 per claim.

2. Expense reimbursement:  If, because of the injured worker’s unique needs, the employer must make a purchase so the worker can perform the light-duty or transitional work, Stay at Work may pay for the following:

– Training fees or materials, up to $1,000 per claim.
Example: Tuition, books, or supplies, tutor, online training.

– Tools up to $2,500 per claim.
Example: Special wrench or keyboard tray. May be a computer if one does not exist or software license if needed to create the job, such as for a link job that assists with data entry.

– Clothing up to $400 per claim.
Example: Steel-toed boots or office attire if that is different from the worker’s usual work clothing and the worker does not own appropriate clothing.

Stay At Work Reimbursements