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Return-to-Work Supplement Program (RTWSP)

The Return-to-Work Supplement Program is one of the components of Senate Bill 863. Labor Code section 139.48 requires the Director to administer a $120 million fund for the purpose of making supplemental payments to workers whose permanent disability benefits are disproportionately low in comparison to their earnings losses. The program is based on studies conducted by RAND regarding permanent disability; specifically “Identifying Permanently Disabled Workers with Disproportionate Earnings Losses for Supplemental Payments.” (February 2014)

Eligibility for RTWSP:

An applicant must have a date of injury (DOI) on or after Jan. 1, 2013 and have received a Supplemental Job displacement Benefit (SJDB) voucher for said injury.

What is the deadline for applying:

The application for the supplemental benefit must be received by the RTWSP within one year from the date the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) voucher was served on the applicant or within one year from April 13, 2015, the implementation date of the regulations, whichever is later.

How to apply:

The application for this one-time supplemental payment is available online and can be completed from any computer which has access to the internet.  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.

You will need the following information to complete the application:

  • SJDB voucher or SJDB voucher proof of service (page 6)
    • SJDB voucher in .pdf or .tiff format for uploading and attaching to online application
  • Adjudication (ADJ) number
    • Use the public information search function to find your case and ADJ number. If you do not have an ADJ number, please contact the I&A office nearest you.
  • Workers’ Compensation claim number
    • Claim numbers are issued by the claims administrator upon filing an injury claim form
  • Instructions for completing online application English - Español 

RTWSP Online Application:

To start your RTWSP Online Application click on the button below.

RTWSP Online Application



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