In most divorce cases, it is to determine wage earning capacity of one or both spouses.

In most cases the court can compel the spouse to participate.

Wage earning capacity is what the individual has the capacity to earn. The individual may be working at a job that has a lower wage than the person has the capacity to earn. Wage earning capacity takes into consideration factors such as age, past work, education, skills, disability and the labor market.

A vocational counselor can help you determine the best job fit for you. Using a collaborative approach, a plan for employment will be developed. The plan may prescribe steps such as retraining and comprehensive employment services.

This is a review to determine whether an injured employee is at risk of not returning to work.

A vocational evaluation is an evaluation of the employee’s physical and Intellectual capabilities, his or her aptitudes and achievements, and his or her work-related behaviors to identify the most cost-effective means toward the employee’s return to suitable gainful employment.

A Labor Market Survey is a survey of employers to provide information about job openings, wages and potential employment opportunities.

The carrier may require the employee to receive a reemployment assessment as it considers appropriate. However, the carrier is encouraged to obtain a reemployment assessment if:

  1. The carrier determines that the employee is at risk of remaining unemployed.
  2. The case involves catastrophic or serious injury.

Reemployment services are services that include, but are not limited to, vocational counseling, job-seeking skills training, transferable skills analysis, selective job placement, labor market surveys, and arranging other services such as education or training, vocational and on-the-job training, which may be needed by the employee to secure suitable gainful employment.

Expert testimony may be critical in Workers’ Compensation cases on issues of appropriate rehabilitation services, non-exertional impairments, vocational potential, wage loss, earnings potential, second injury, temporary and permanent total disability.