Frequently asked questions about Return-to-Work Supplement Program (RTWSP)

What is the amount of the supplement?

A one-time $5,000 Return-to-Work supplement is issued to an injured worker who meets
the eligibility criteria. The amount of this supplement may be adjusted by the director of DIR based on further studies conducted by the director in accordance with Labor Code section 139.48.

Where can I apply?

The RTWSP application is only available online. If you do not have access to a computer, every DWC district office has a kiosk near the Information and Assistance office, equipped with a computer, scanner, and printer for your use.

Where can I find my ADJ number?

You can look up your ADJ number by using the EAMS Search Function or you can contact the Information and Assistance office nearest to you. The ADJ number can also be found on most documents filed with  DWC.

Where can I find my workers’ compensation claim number?

The claim number can be found on any document received from the claims administrator (adjuster or insurance company).

Does my SJDB Proof of Service need to be signed?

Yes, it should be duly signed by the authorized issuing party.

Can anyone complete the SJDB voucher?

Any person who makes or causes to be made any knowingly false or fraudulent material statement or material representation for the purpose of obtaining or denying workers’ compensation benefits or payment is guilty of a felony.

Where can I find the SJDB Proof of Service?

The Proof of Service for the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) voucher is found on page 6 (the last page) of the voucher.

If I was previously denied because of the eligibility cutoff date, will I have to resubmit a second RTWSP application?

All applicants who were previously denied due to the eligibility deadline do not need to reapply. Their case will be reopened, reviewed, and a new determination made within 60 days. 

What if I disagree with the RTWSP’s eligibility decision?

If you disagree with the decision, you may file an appeal with the WCAB district office within 20 days of receipt of the ineligibility by filling a Petition Appealing Denial of Return to Work Supplement and serving a copy of the petition on the RTWSP, 1515 Clay St., 17th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612.

When did the RTWSP regulations become effective?

The effective date of the Return to Work Supplement program regulations is April 6, 2015. The implementation date is April 13, 2015.

Will Need further assistance or have questions regarding eligibility?

Contact RTWSP staff at rtwsp@dir.ca.gov or 510-286-0787 Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00 p.m. PST.

March 2017