The state Workers’ Compensation Commission has announced that the maximum weekly workers’ compensation benefit for total disability and decedents’ dependents will be $1,175 for injuries occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2014.
By law, this rate is equivalent to the estimated average weekly earnings of all employees in the state.
The maximum workers’ compensation benefit payout for partial disability (incapacity) will be $991 for injuries occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2014.
This rate is equivalent to the estimated average weekly earnings of production and related workers in manufacturing in the state, as determined by the state labor commissioner.
Also, according to the state Labor Department, the annual revision of the unemployment compensation benefit rate will result in claimants receiving a maximum amount of $594 per week, effective Oct. 5, 2014. The current weekly rate is $590.
The new rate will apply to claims filed for the benefit year starting on and after Oct. 5; those who filed a claim prior to this date and who have been collecting unemployment benefits will be unaffected by the revision.
The weekly dependency allowance for each dependent of $15 with a maximum of $75 remains unchanged. The annual revision of the maximum weekly unemployment benefit is based on average manufacturing wages for the year ending June 30, 2014.
The increase is limited by law to $18 per year, or 60% of the average, whichever is less.