I like to think you can find all the news that’s fit to print on the Detour & Frolic. And it is that time of year—you know, the time when we all expect an announcement (and a chart) from the Department of Labor as to new rates for the 2014-2015 year. I kept waiting for that DOL email blast…… perhaps you did as well. When it didn’t arrive by the third week in July, I inquired. The new rates were published on the DOL website without any of the usual fanfare. The times, they are a-changing…… and not always for the better. I miss that fanfare, folks.
So consider today’s post the equivalent of a ticker tape parade. On two fronts, the first being the new rates, as follows:
· The new max rate is $665.57 (for an AWW of $998.35 or over)· The new minimum rate is $221.86· The new max attorney’s fee is $9983.50
And remember—if the AWW is lower than the minimum rate, then the comp rate and the AWW are one and the same.
Turning to the other really great news: The ever-venerable and well-loved claimant firm of Kimmel, Carter, Roman & Peltz has changed its name to Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz & O’Neill. This development is in honor of Jonathan B. O’Neill who is now important enough to put his name on the building and letterhead. A more genial colleague and adversary doesn’t exist …….. well with the possible exception of Larry Kimmel (who doesn’t love him?) Congrats, Jon!!
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