The state Workers’ Compensation Commission has announced that the maximum weekly workers’ compensation benefit for total disability and decedents’ dependents will be $1,172 for injuries occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2012. By law, this is equivalent to the estimated average weekly earnings of all employees in Connecticut.

The maximum workers’ compensation benefit payout for partial disability (incapacity) will be $1,001 for injuries occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2012. This is 100% of the state’s average weekly wage for production and related workers in manufacturing in the state, as of Oct. 1, 2012, per the state labor commissioner.

The new maximum weekly unemployment compensation benefit increases from $573 to $591, effective Oct. 7. The new maximum benefit applies to claims filed for the benefit year starting on and after Oct. 7, 2012. Individuals who established a claim prior to Oct. 7 and who have been collecting unemployment benefits will be unaffected by the increase. The weekly dependency allowance—$15 for each dependent, with a maximum of $75—remains unchanged.

For more information about the workers’ compensation maximum benefit, contact CBIA’s Bonnie Stewart at bonnie.stewart@cbia.com. For more information about the unemployment compensation maximum benefit, contact CBIA’s Eric Gjede at 860.244.1931 or eric.gjede@cbia.com.