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A Brief Look at Vocational Evaluations

A Brief Look at Vocational Evaluations

A Brief Look at Vocational Evaluations

Contact The Family Law ExpertsThere are countless scenarios that require a vocational evaluation. It’s a common process in family courts deciding alimony. It’s also useful for those with disabilities to explore future job prospects.

It’s not only a legal tool for the courts, but it is also an especially useful tool for any business with an employee in rehabilitation.

To find out more about vocational evaluation and what it entails, check out our guide below.

What is a vocational evaluation?

A vocational evaluation is when professional evaluators and legal experts test an individual in a variety of ways. These tests determine their occupational needs, desires, and opportunities.

Medical or psychological diagnosis is never part of the evaluation. The person being tested also has rights. They may seek a second or third vocational evaluation from another professional. This is necessary if they feel their first one was biased or incorrect.

What generally occurs during a vocational evaluation?

A vocational evaluation is used to determine the true extent of an individual’s physical and cognitive ability to work. A vocational evaluation will be as simple, or complex as needed to address the unique circumstances of any given case.

These elements are appropriately combined to deliver a thorough vocational assessment worthy of legal scrutiny. Evaluations provide a complete picture of how an individual’s knowledge, skills and abilities translate into an ability to obtain and maintain employment.

Vocational Evaluations will often include:

  • Detailed medical file reviews
  • Physician & health care provider consultations
  • Job analysis
  • Vocational interest, work values, ability and intellectual functioning testing
  • Transferable skills assessments
  • Vocational and labor market research
  • Earning capacity analysis
  • Expert & forensic testimony

In conclusion

A vocational evaluation is a valuable tool for a variety of cases. A vocational evaluation can be used to assess the employability of a spouse during a divorce, personal injury earning capacity, and labor market research. Vocational experts are often caused to provide exert witness testimony during court cases.

Reach out to the experts at Solutions Northwest, Inc. today if you have any questions or concerns about vocational evaluations for your company or employee.

Solutions Northwest, Inc. offers comprehensive vocational assessments that determine the true extent of an individual’s physical and cognitive ability to work. Our assessments are as elementary, or complex and detailed, as necessary to address the unique circumstances of any given case. Contact Us to schedule a vocational assessment today.

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Contact the Vocational Consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

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Vocational Assessments – Divorce and Family Law

Vocational Assessments – Divorce and Family Law

Vocational Assessments

Contact The Family Law ExpertsIn the United States, the divorce rate of married couples is between 40-50%. When so many people are getting divorced, one must wonder what happens to any children involved. As part of the process, each parent will need to pay child support to aid their children. 

That’s when a family law vocational assessment or evaluation is needed. Below we’ll review what it is and why it’s important. 

What is a Vocational Assessment in Family Law?

A family law vocational assessment will review how much child support each parent should pay. In some households one parent works and the other watches the children. In these situations, the one working will pay more for child support.

If both parents work, their individual incomes determine how much support they provide.

In some cases, one of the parents will refuse to work, works less, get a lower-paying job, or get themself demoted. They do this so they don’t have to pay as much child support. 

At the same time, if one of the parents isn’t working, their employability will need to be evaluated. This will establish whether the child support payments can be divided more equitably. 

In either situation, both parents will be assessed on their: 

  • Ability to work
  • Opportunity to work
  • Willingness to work 

Ability to Work:

The ability to work applies to their educational level, work skills, and employment history. It’ll also review whether they’d need training or further schooling. They may need to refresh or update their skills if they’re re-entering the workforce. 

Moreover, it will review any limitations they may have. This applies if they suffer(ed) from an illness or an injury that can prevent them from doing certain types of work. 

Opportunity to Work:

Opportunity to work establishes what’s available on the job market. The vocational assessment will review if any jobs in the area are within their skill or educational level. 

Moreover, the parents’ past earnings will be reviewed. This will determine their potential earnings for the future. They’ll learn what kinds of positions they may be able to get (if one or both aren’t working).

Willingness to Work:

Willingness to work reviews behavior. This will show if one is actively seeking work, trying to reduce their income, or refusing to work.

If it’s the latter, the court can impute income (force them to pay child support). This will help get them motivated to look for a job and make more money.

Importance of a family law vocational evaluation.

A vocational evaluation is beneficial as it will help each parent pay a fair share of the child support. At the same time, it makes certain that if one parent can’t pay as much child support they aren’t drowning in debt. 

Do you need a family law vocational assessment?

Now that you know what a vocational assessment is, you need to figure out if you need it. If you’re getting divorced, it may be wise to consult an expert to help you figure out how much support you need to pay.

Reach out to us today if you have any questions or concerns. 

Solutions Northwest, Inc. offers comprehensive vocational assessments that determine the true extent of an individual’s physical and cognitive ability to work. Our assessments are as elementary, or complex and detailed, as necessary to address the unique circumstances of any given case. Contact Us to schedule a vocational assessment today.

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Contact the Vocational Consultants at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

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$50 Virtual Mini Ergonomic Assessment Special for Remote Workers

$50 Virtual Mini Ergonomic Assessment Special for Remote Workers

Remote Work Ergonomics Home Office

Solutions Northwest Inc. is running a special on mini virtual ergonomic assessments to keep employees out of pain while they are working from home.

There are a variety of low cost creative solutions which we can recommend for temporary work from home situations. Virtual assessments are done by phone/email/facetime and we have been successfully doing these for years.

Until 5/29/20, virtual mini ergos will be a flat rate of $50 which includes a list of recommendations.

Work from home with ergonomics in mind – stay efficient, stay pain free, and contact our experts today.

Contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

San Diego, CA

877-976-9462

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Contact our Ergonomics Experts

4 Tips to Reduce Wrist Pain from Typing

4 Tips to Reduce Wrist Pain from Typing

San Diego Ergonomics: Office Tips for Keyboard and Mouse Wrist Pain

Has typing become a pain in the wrist? If so, you don’t have to continue to suffer. 

There are small changes you can make to the way you type that will help alleviate the pain.

Let’s explore 3 of the best ways to prevent wrist pain from typing too much at your office job. 

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1. Rearrange the position of your keyboard and mouse. 

One of the fastest fixes you can try includes simply changing the location of your keyboard and mouse. Move them closer to the edge of your desk so your elbows are not resting on your desk.

This takes the pressure off your wrists as well and will help prevent them from bending and becoming uncomfortable.  

2. Sit properly. 

Bad posture can result in painful wrists, among other things. Keep both feet planted on the floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Keep your head aligned with your spine and make sure your arms are loose, not tense. 

Ensure you don’t hunch over your keyboard as you type and don’t allow your wrists to droop.  

Take a look at our recent ergonomics blog, “The Ergonomic Way to Sit at Your Desk and View Your Monitor,” for more details on properly setting up your workstation with office ergonomics in mind.

3. Take frequent breaks from typing at work.

To take it easy on your wrists, make sure you take constant breaks. Every 20 minutes you should be getting up and spending at least two minutes away from your computer. 

This will prevent too much strain on your wrists and body. While you’re on a break it’s helpful to practice some stretching, which brings us to our next point. 

4. Stretch.

If you spend many hours of the day on your keyboard, you should be taking time in between to stretch your wrists and prevent discomfort. 

An easy stretch to learn would be the Praying Pose:

Prayer Hand Stretch - Mouse

Sitting with your elbows on the desk and palms in prayer position, slowly lower your wrists to the table until you feel a stretch. Keep your palms together throughout the stretch. Hold 5 to 7 seconds, relax, and repeat 3 times.

Check out our ergonomics blog, “3 Easy Stretches for Mouse Users,” to learn more stretches.
In conclusion, making small changes in your work habits can make a big impact on injury prevention in the office.

If you or anyone else in the office is suffering from wrist pain due to mouse or keyboard use – following these easy tips is a great way to combat preventable office injury. Be sure to share these tips with your office workers and human resource managers.

To make your office staff even safer, consider performing an ergonomics evaluation for your office. Contact the ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. to evaluate your workstation.

Check out the rest of our ergonomics blog for more advice about safety and comfort in the workplace.

At SolutionsNW.com we value the importance of a positive workplace culture. Part of a positive workplace is a safe workplace, Contact Us to schedule an ergonomics consultation or ergonomics assessment for your office today.

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Contact the Ergonomics Experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. Below:

Multiple Locations

Corporate Office: 120 State Ave. NE #397
Olympia, WA 98501
Business Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Corporate FAX: 360-866-4773
Email: Info@solutionsnw.com

San Diego, CA

877-976-9462

Olympia, WA

360-236-8748

Portland/Salem, OR

503-768-9742

Seattle, WA

206-521-5676

Contact our Ergonomics Experts

Standing at Work – Follow These Easy Tips to Avoid Injury

Standing at Work – Follow These Easy Tips to Avoid Injury

To avoid the detrimental effects of seated work, many offices are converting to standing positions only. Avoid prolonged standing injuries with these tips!

“Prolonged standing can lead to muscle soreness in the back, legs, and neck. It can also lead to edema or swelling of the legs and feet.” WebMD

If you have a job where you or your employees must be on their feet all day, there could be room for injuries to occur. 

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While most of us have heard the risks and potentially negative side effects of sitting all day, prolonged standing can also lead to some significant discomfort and even injuries. However, there are things you or your employees can do to prevent any issues. 

Be aware of workplace injuries from prolonged standing.

If your job requires you to stand while working, be aware that prolonged standing can lead to muscle soreness in the back, legs, and neck. It can also lead to edema or swelling of the legs and feet. As you stand all day (without much movement) your body’s blood flow is somewhat inhibited.

Prolonged standing can even lead to painful varicose veins. Thankfully, the following strategies can help you avoid these injuries and more.

1. Learn how to adjust your workstation with ergonomics in mind.

One of the best things you can do to make prolonged standing bearable at the workplace is to improve your workstation. For example, there are various heights for tables, benches, and desks that are recommended for certain types of work:

  • Precision work should be done at elbow height.
  • Heavy work should be done below the waist.
  • Light work should be done at or near the waist.

Adjustable tables can serve to prevent lower back injuries, neck strains, and so on. It’s also important to ensure your employees have plenty of room to move around, stretch, etc. Consider hiring an ergonomics consultant to perform a workstation evaluation to determine best practices.

2. Use proper footwear.

The shoes you wear if your work involves prolonged standing are incredibly important. You need adequate support for your arches and plenty of padding all the way around the shoe. 

You also need to make sure that your shoes don’t change the shape of your foot. Your shoes need to fit your foot shape but have plenty of room for the natural swelling of your feet throughout the day.

Consider investing in a standing mat as well.

3. Use proper body movement at work.

One of the best ways to prevent injuries for you and your employees who experience prolonged standing during the day is by holding a training course to improve their ergonomics. 

How you lift, crouch, twist, and turn can all lead to potential injuries, especially if they’re done while bearing weight. A simple training course that reinforces safe movement can go a long way towards a safer, more comfortable workplace.

We strongly recommend contact an ergonomics company to establish proper training for your staff.

4. Take breaks and move around.

With any job, employees should always take at least two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch to rest their body and mind. To make the most of your breaks, read our blog on: active work breaks.

While you may be stuck standing at work, be sure to move around and get your blood moving.  When you walk around, your blood circulates through your muscles and benefits your body.

You don’t need to do exercises at your desk (though here is a list of some you can do if you wish), but get into the habit of moving around to counter being stuck standing at work all day.

In conclusion, knowing how to protect yourself or your employees from workplace injuries due to prolonged standing is important.

These are some basic tips for employees that must stand while working. However, there’s a lot more to cover, as every workplace is different. Consider contacting the ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. to evaluate your workstation. It may even be possible to incorporate sitting once an ergonomics assessment is performed.

Check out the rest of our ergonomics blog for more advice about safety and comfort in the workplace.

At SolutionsNW.com we value the importance of a positive workplace culture. Part of a positive workplace is a safe workplace, Contact Us to schedule an ergonomics consultation or ergonomics assessment for your office today.

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