The Return to Work Supplement Fund check for $5,000 does not have to be applied to school expenses.
The $5,000 check from the Return-To-Work Fund is a wage loss benefit, and injured workers are entitled to it because they have a job loss. Sometimes people are confused because the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit starts the timeline. However, it is not a school-related benefit, so injured workers can use it to get back on their feet when they're behind on their bills, they can fix their car, put the money toward bills or rent, or even a down payment on a house. They can use that money for whatever they need. It is not for training.
We have found that many injured workers think or were misinformed by their legal representatives that the $5,000 is for training and therefore they don't want to apply because they don't want to go to school and the insurance companies end up saving millions of dollars because of this miscommunication.
In addition, many injured workers believe they must enroll in school or they do not qualify for the $5,000 check from RTWSF. They do not have to go to school to apply and receive their check.
Let's help spread the word and get the correct information to injured workers and give them access to ALL their benefits!