California Temporary Total Disability Rates Remain Stable for 2011

California's maximum temporary total disability rate will remain stable at $986.69 per week in 2011. Pursuant to Labor Code §4453 (a)(10), TTD annual increases are mandatory and are tied to an amount equal to the percentage increase in the state average weekly wage (SAWW). However, the...

Rise and Fall of the COLA: How It Affects the Attorney’s Fee in California

Calculation of attorneys’ fees has always been a hot-button issue for the WCAB. When the calculation involves a lifetime award of permanent total disability (PTD) benefits, the issue ratchets up a notch. Lately, several conflicting panel decisions have issued discussing how an attorney’s...

New York Workers’ Comp Stakeholders Continue to Absorb 2007 Reform Changes

During the past year, stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system in New York have continued to absorb legislative and administrative changes initiated by the 2007 reform. Maximum indemnity rates are now indexed to two-thirds of the State Average Weekly Wage. For accidents occurring on or...

New York Workers’ Comp Stakeholders Continue to Absorb 2007 Reform Changes

During the past year, stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system in New York have continued to absorb legislative and administrative changes initiated by the 2007 reform. Maximum indemnity rates are now indexed to two-thirds of the State Average Weekly Wage. For accidents occurring on or...

California: Economists Wanted

Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases and statutes cited below. Since Senate Bill 899 was passed, there has been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the proper calculation and evaluation of the COLAs provided for under Labor Code Section 4659 (c). In the years immediately following the...

U.S. Dept. of Labor Posts SAWW Information for 2013 COLA Calculations

[ Editor's Note: This blog post has been corrected .] Unfortunately when I initially looked at the Dept of Labor site for this information, the link for last year’s information took me to the 4th quarter, not the first quarter. This resulted in a rather significant understatement of the...

Increase in California Average Weekly Wage to Boost 2013 Workers’ Compensation Benefits

California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) rose more than 5.5% from $1003.55 to $1,059.38 in the 12 months ending March 31, 2012, which according to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI), will boost minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates for 2013 work...

Pepsi or Coke? The Latest on COLA in California

When a workers’ compensation practitioner talks about the appropriate COLA, he is usually not discussing his favorite soft drink! Rather, Labor Code Section 4659 (c) indicates that certain awards of permanent disability shall be increased annually by something called the State Average Weekly Wage...

New York Workers’ Compensation State of Mind

Attention Lexis Online Subscribers: Citations link to lexis.com. Bracketed citations link to Lexis Advance. The 2013 Edition of New York Workers’ Compensation Handbook is now available. The following article is excerpted from the Handbook: The year 2012 saw growing controversy over the...

California: Dept. of Labor Posts SAWW Information for 2014 COLA Calculations

The US Department of Labor has issued its 1st Quarter Unemployment statistics for the State Average Weekly Wages (SAWW) used for calculating statutory increases in Minimum and Maximum TD benefits under Labor Code §4453(a)(10) and also Life Pension Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) pursuant to Labor...

California Workers’ Comp Temporary Total Disability Maximum to Top $1,100 a Week in 2015

California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) climbed just under 2.666% from $1,067.25 to $1,095.70 in the 12 months ending March 31, 2014, which the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) notes will push the maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rate for 2015 job injuries to...