How does an eligible injured worker elect vocational option 2 benefits?
Within fifteen days of the approval of a retraining plan or determination that a disputed plan is valid, the worker submits to the department or self-insurer the retraining plan option form indicating they select option 2 and choose not to participate in their retraining plan. However, the department may approve an option 2 selection submitted within twenty-five calendar days if the worker provides a written explanation establishing that he or she was unable to submit his or her election within fifteen calendar days. This election means the worker's claim will be closed, and the worker will receive the vocational option 2 award and access to the option 2 training funds.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 51.32
RCW. WSR 11-23-070, § 296-19A-600, filed 11/15/11, effective 12/16/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020
(2007 c 72). WSR 10-07-054, § 296-19A-600, filed 3/12/10, effective 4/12/10.]