Work Search Standards

The Full Board issued a new and important decision on February 4, 2010 regarding Work Search Requirements which apply to all injured workers who have a temporary partial or permanent partial disability. American Axle, 2010 WL 438153 (N.Y. Work. Comp. Bd.) substantially increases the burden on injured workers to do one of the following, or perhaps several as a best practice, in order to be found attached to the labor market (in order to receive ongoing money benefits):

Option A:
Provide Documentation of work search filled out on the work search form that we provide. To show that you have performed your work search in good faith, it is best to utilize resources that help. Some examples of these resources are:

Rochester Works - (585) 258-3500
Access VR/VESID - (800) 462-0178

Option B:
Provide documentary evidence showing enrollment and attendance full time as a student in an accredited educational institution in order to pursue employment within the injured worker's work restrictions.

Please Contact Us immediately if you are being challenged by the Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier over your “attachment” to the labor market. You may also contact us if you would like more information or advise concerning the Work-Search Requirement as that may apply under the particular facts of your claim.