Preferred Worker Program

Through the Preferred Worker Program, you can receive financial benefits for providing a job for a worker with permanent disabilities.

State of Oregon

Get full details on the Preferred Worker Program and contact information for specialists at the state on the State of Oregon website.

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Intro to Preferred Worker Program

Learn more about the State of Oregon Preferred Worker Program.

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The State of Oregon Preferred Worker Program encourages the re-employment of qualified Oregon workers who have permanent disabilities from workplace injuries and who are not able to return to their regular employment because of those injuries.

The program is funded by worker and employer contributions to the Workers' Benefit Fund. Preferred workers can offer cost-saving options to Oregon employers who hire them.

Types of assistance

Premium exemption

Claim cost reimbursement

Wage subsidy

Employment purchases

Worksite modification


The employer must:
  • Have Oregon workers' compensation insurance
  • Comply with the Oregon workers' comp law
The worker must:
  • Have permanent disability as a result of a disabling and compensable injury sustained on the job in Oregon
  • Not be released for regular employment

All program benefits are subject to review and approval by the Oregon Workers' Compensation Division. To learn more about this program contact the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services or Melanie Pfaff, RTW benefits coordinator at SAIF, at 503.373.8257.