(a) An eligible employer, as provided by § 137.45 of this title (relating to Employer Eligibility for Disbursements from the Return-to-Work Reimbursement Program), who participates in the return-to-work reimbursement program for employers may apply to the division for a preauthorized reimbursement of allowable expenses from the program prior to making workplace modifications designed to accommodate an injured employee’s return to work.
(b) To apply for a preauthorized reimbursement of allowable expenses, an eligible employer must submit to the division a properly completed application as provided in § 137.47 of this title (relating to the Criteria for Return-to-Work Reimbursement Program Applications). The application may be obtained from the division as provided by § 137.46 of this title (relating to the Application for Funds from the Return-to-Work Reimbursement Program).
(c) Applications will be reviewed in accordance with § 137.48 of this title (relating to Return-to-Work Reimbursement Program Administrator Determinations).
(d) Upon receipt of division approval of the application, the employer may begin all approved workplace modifications set out in the approved application. Upon completion of the approved workplace modifications, the employer may obtain reimbursement from the program by submitting to the division sufficient documentation and receipts to show that the approved workplace modification has been completed.
(e) Upon receipt of the information described in subsection (d) of this section and subject to § 137.44 of this title (relating to the Return-to-Work Reimbursement Program for Employers), the division shall reimburse the employer the costs incurred by the employer in making the approved workplace modifications unless the division determines that the modifications differ materially from the employer’s application.
(f) Release of funds are subject to § 137.45(c) of this title.
The provisions of this §137.49 adopted to be effective February 7, 2008, 33 TexReg 930; amended to be effective April 25, 2010, 35 TexReg 3061.