Return and Earn

Welcome to our Orthopedics Practice Workers’ Compensation Guide! This resource is designed to offer a concise overview of workers’ compensation in the context of orthopedic injuries. However, it is crucial to recognize that this guide does not replace professional advice.

For more specific and detailed information tailored to your individual circumstances, we recommend visiting the official workers’ compensation portal.

This portal is a reliable source for the latest regulations, forms, and additional resources, ensuring access to the most current and precise information. Your well-being is our foremost concern, and we trust that this guide serves as a helpful starting point for understanding workers’ compensation in the context of orthopedic care.

Empowering Employment with Return and Earn:

Benefits for Employers and New Employees:

  • Qualified employers enjoy a six-month wage subsidy.
  • Unemployed workers reentering the workforce and undergoing job training receive a $500 incentive in their initial paycheck.


Utilizing On-the-Job Training Infrastructure:

  • Return and Earn leverages New Jersey’s existing On-the-Job Training structure.
  • Offers wage reimbursement support to employers hiring eligible applicants with identified skills gaps.

Reimbursement Details:

  • Employers receive 50% reimbursement for wages during the employer-provided training period, up to six months.
  • Cap of $20,000 per Return and Earn employee.
  • Total subsidy across all employees limited to $200,000.

Funding Sources:

  • $500 Return and Earn incentive and On-the-Job Training subsidy funded by $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
  • Additional supportive services funded by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds.

Process and Eligibility Criteria:

  • NJDOL collaborates with employers to identify potential candidates.
  • Employers offer substantive On-the-Job Training resulting in skill badges or industry-recognized credentials.
  • Eligible applicants include private and not-for-profit employers with up to 100 full-time employees.
  • Candidates must be New Jersey residents working full-time (minimum 32 hours per week).
  • Seasonal, part-time, commission-based, or 1099 positions are ineligible.
  • Many workers may qualify for additional supportive services such as childcare and transportation reimbursement.