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Happy 10th Birthday to Washington’s Stay at Work Program!

In 2012, Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries initiated a formal Stay at Work program to incentivize employers to utilize light-duty positions to bring back injured workers. With the program now in its 10th year, we want to highlight and celebrate the program.

The Stay at Work program is a great benefit for employers.

For example, you could receive a check for up to $3,000 if you have an employee who makes $25 per hour and is on an approved light-duty assignment for six weeks. That is because eligible employers receive reimbursement for half the base wage paid to the worker up to 66 days within a consecutive 24-month period with a maximum of $10,000 per claim. Expenses for training, tools, and clothing related to the light-duty position are also eligible for partial reimbursement.

Archbright files Stay at Work applications at no additional cost for members enrolled in one of Archbright’s retrospective rating programs or ReClaim. To date, Archbright members have received over $6 million in reimbursements through the program! If you are not enrolled in Archbright’s Retro or ReClaim program, you can apply for Stay at Work directly. You will need to assemble documents such as the physician’s approved light-duty job description and pay records. For more information, visit

What is retrospective rating?

Learn more about retro and Archbright’s program in this 2-minute video.


If you would like Archbright to do the work for you and manage your workers’ compensation claims, please reach out to us!

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Carolyn Harvey, SPHR

Carolyn S. Harvey oversees the delivery of all services and focuses on continuous quality improvement to enhance the member experience. Carolyn joined Archbright in 2017 with 25 years of HR leadership experience in a variety of industries including manufacturing, consulting and engineering services. Prior to joining Archbright, she was the Vice President of Human Resources at a not-for-profit healthcare organization. Carolyn has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP).