FAQs

Why do I need a vocational expert?

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

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What if my spouse refuses to participate?

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

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What is wage earning capacity?

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.

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What about returning to work?

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.

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What is a reemployment status review?

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

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What is a vocational evaluation?

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.

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What is a labor market survey?

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

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Why do I need to be assessed for reemployment?

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

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What are Reemployment services?

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.

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Why do we need vocational experts in workers’ compensation cases?

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.

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