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What are Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits?

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on February 26, 2013 | In Workers Compensation

Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits (SJDB) are a type of California workers’ compensation benefit available to those who have a permanent disability rating and who want to go back to work, but whose employers have not offered them a job they can do with their work-related disability.

California’s workers’ compensation laws went through a number of changes in early 2013, and SJDB benefits changed as well. Which SJDB benefits you can receive now depends on the date of your injury. Available benefits include:

For Injuries Between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2012

  • SJDB voucher covers training at a state-approved or state-accredited school.
  • Voucher covers tuition, fees, books, and training-related expenses.
  • Amounts depend on disability rating, but vary from $4,000 to $10,000.
  • Only 10 percent of the voucher may be spent on vocational counseling.

For Injuries On or After January 1, 2013

  • SJDB voucher covers training at a California public school or other eligible provider.
  • Voucher covers tuition, fees, books, training expenses, licensing or testing fees, and some computer equipment and “miscellaneous expenses.”
  • Amount of the voucher is $6,000. Disability rating is no longer considered when calculating voucher amounts.
  • Only 10 percent of the voucher ($600) may be spent on vocational counseling.

If you need help getting SJDB or any other workers’ comp benefits after an on-the-job injury, don’t hesitate to call the dedicated Southern California workers’ compensation benefits attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office. We’ve helped hundreds of injured California workers get the benefits they need. Call us today at (800) 438-7734 to learn more. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.

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