Definition of Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit or Voucher
Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit or Voucher, SJDB, is a workers' compensation benefit that is available to workers who qualify in California. If a worker was injured in a work-related incident on or after January 1, 2004, and left with some kind of permanent partial disability that was a result of the injury, and their employer does not offer the worker other work, that worker may qualify for the supplemental job displacement benefit or voucher, as it is also called.
The supplemental job displacement benefit comes in the form of a non-transferable voucher that can be used to pay for skill enhancement or educational retraining, or both. The voucher can be used at state-accredited or state-approved schools. The amount of the voucher varies between $4,000 and $10,000. This depends on the permanent disability level of the worker. The higher the disability level, the more the voucher will be. One important thing to keep in mind is that an injured worker is not eligible for the SJDB if their employer offers a modified or alternative job that meets certain requirements, and the injured worker does not accept the job.