Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are nonmedical services that may be needed to restore the employee to suitable employment at a salary that is commensurate with what they earned before the injury.
Services may include evaluation of the injured worker's capabilities, vocational testing, counseling or guidance, workplace modifications, and/or job placement assistance/formal training.
The benefit of returning an injured worker back to work for their employer, whether it is on light duty or through modifications in the workplace or work hours, would be an improved workers' compensation history and a modification of their insurance rates. MGL c. 152, § 75B, as added by c. 572, § 58 of the Acts of 1985, prohibits an employer in Massachusetts from firing, refusing to hire, rehire, or promote or otherwise discriminate against a qualified handicapped person on account of that person's handicap.
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