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A new Washington state program partially reimburses employers for providing light-duty jobs to injured workers, Washington's Department of Labor & Industries announced.

Although the program was just launched, L&I said it expects thousands of reimbursement requests from employers who have provided light-duty jobs since legislation creating it took effect in June 2011. More information on the Stay at Work program is available here.

L&I says a similar program has already proved successful in Oregon for reducing long term disabilities.

Under Washington's Stay at Work program, employers create transitional jobs that keep within injured workers' medical restrictions. Workers receive wages from their employers instead of time-loss compensation from L&I.

“An example might be an employer who creates an inventory job for a forklift driver recovering from a broken foot,” L&I said.

The program then reimburses employers 50% of workers' base wages plus certain expenses up to $10,000 per claim.

Comp Time says help workers recover and save money by taking advantage!

In New York, meanwhile, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a report illustrating the need for legislation that would create an online, real-time database for tracking the prescribing and dispensing of narcotic pain relievers.

Painkiller prescriptions in New York have increased by 6 million since 2007. The report is available here.