TITLE 50: INSURANCE
CHAPTER VI: WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION
PART 9110 MISCELLANEOUS
SECTION 9110.10 VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
Section 9110.10 Vocational Rehabilitation
a) An employer's vocational rehabilitation counselor, in consultation with the injured employee and, if represented, with his or her representative, shall prepare a written assessment of the course of medical care and, if appropriate, vocational rehabilitation required to return the injured worker to employment. The vocational rehabilitation assessment is required when it can be reasonably determined that the injured worker will, as a result of the injury, be unable to resume the regular duties in which he or she was engaged at the time of injury. When the period of total incapacity for work exceeds 365 days, the written assessment required by this subsection shall likewise be prepared.
b) The assessment shall address the necessity for a plan or program that may include medical and vocational evaluation, modified or limited duty, and/or retraining, as necessary.
c) At least every 4 months thereafter, or until the matter is terminated by Order or Award of the Commission or by written agreement of the parties approved by the Commission, the employer, or his or her representative, in consultation with the employee and, if represented, with his or her representative, shall:
1) if the most recent previous assessment concluded that no plan or program was then necessary, prepare a written review of the continued appropriateness of that conclusion; or
2) if a plan or program had been developed, prepare a written review of the continued appropriateness of that plan or program, and make in writing any necessary modifications.
d) A copy of each written assessment, plan or program, review and modification shall be provided to the employee and/or his or her representative at the time of preparation, and an additional copy shall be retained in the file of the employer and, if insured, in the file of the insurance carrier. Copies shall be made available for review by the Commission, on its request, until the matter is terminated by Order or Award of the Commission or by written agreement of the parties approved by the Commission.
e) The rehabilitation plan may be prepared on a form furnished by the Commission.
f) Nothing in this Section abridges the rights of the parties.
(Source: Amended at 40 Ill. Reg. 15823, effective November 9, 2016)