Reemployment services are services designed to help an injured worker
return to work when their work-related injury or illness prevents them
from returning to their usual line of work. Reemployment services may
include vocational counseling, job-seeking skills training, job analysis,
transferable skills analysis, selective job placement, training and
education or other services deemed necessary and appropriate to help
an injured worker return to work.
The workers' compensation carrier may voluntarily provide these services or an injured employee may request these services from the Division of Workers' Compensation, Employee Assistance and Ombudsman Office.
What are the eligibility criteria for reemployment
Although other factors may affect eligibility, you must, at minimum,:
How can I Request a Screening for services?
To request a screening, you can go to the Division of
Workers' Compensation website at www.myfloridacfo.com/division/wc, select the "Employee" section
and then the "Reemployment Services" link. This will
take you to a link to submit your online request.
The direct link is: https://wcres.fldfs.com/resportal/ieweb/ielogin.aspx. The application may take as long as an hour to complete. Before applying, you will need the following information:
What can I expect after I submit my request?
Upon receipt of a completed "Request for Screening", your case will be assigned to a case manager who will:
Upon receipt of sufficient information, the case manager will conduct a Vocational Assessment. The outcome of the vocational assessment will determine which services, if any, you are eligible to receive.
What services are available?
The Reemployment Services program offers a multitude of services to injured employees. These can include vocational counseling, job seeking skills training, resume writing, job placement, a vocational evaluation and training and education.
What factors are considered when determining which services I may be eligible to receive?
The Workers' Compensation law requires the following factors be considered when determining a return to work plan: age, education, work history, transferrable skills, previous occupation, injury, and average weekly wage at the time of injury.
Who decides what services I am eligible for?
The Reemployment Services staff conducts a vocational assessment to determine which services you are eligible to receive. If additional information is needed after the assessment, you will be referred for a vocational evaluation. The purpose of the vocational evaluation is to determine which services are necessary to help you return to suitable gainful employment. If a vocational evaluation is conducted, the recommendations of the evaluation will be reviewed to determine the best plan for returning you to suitable gainful employment.
Reemployment Status Reviews
When an employee suffers a compensable injury under the Florida Workers' Compensation Law, a carrier must conduct a reemployment status review and report its determination to the injured employee when the injured employee:
Reemployment Status Reviews must be conducted every 90 days thereafter when the above criteria are met.
Reemployment Status Reviews must be submitted electronically to the Department using the web portal at: https://wcres.fldfs.com/resportal/login.aspx For questions or concerns about using the web portal, contact the Division of Workers' Compensation, Employee Assistance and Ombudsman Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (800) 342-1741, option 4.
Referrals to the Department
A carrier is responsible for referring injured employees to the department for a Department Screening
A carrier may make a referral to the Department using the web portal at: https://wcres.fldfs.com/resportal/login.aspx. For questions or concerns about using the web portal, contact the Division of Workers’ Compensation, Employee Assistance and Ombudsman Office by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (800) 342-1741, option 4.
Rehabilitation Temporary Total Disability benefits (RTTD)
When an employee who has attained maximum medical improvement is unable to earn at least 80 percent of the compensation rate and requires training and education to obtain suitable gainful employment, the employer or carrier shall pay the employee additional training and education temporary total compensation benefits while the employee receives such training and education for a period not to exceed 26 weeks, which period may be extended for an additional 26 weeks or less, if such extended period is determined to be necessary and proper by a judge of compensation claims. These benefits shall not be in addition to the 104 weeks as specified in s. 440.15(2). However, a carrier or employer is not precluded from voluntarily paying additional temporary total disability compensation beyond that period.
Carrier Reemployment Services Web Portal
The department has a web portal for insurers, self-insured entities & other claims-handling entities to submit Reemployment Status Reviews and make referrals of injured employees to the Department. The web portal is located at: https://wcres.fldfs.com/resportal/login.aspx.