2017 Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Rate Changes
2017 PENNSYLVANIA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION RATE CHANGES
By Kevin L. Connors, Esquire
Happy New Year!
To Employers and Insurers responsible for workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Office of Adjudication has issued the controlling compensation benefit rates for 2017.
The maximum compensation benefit payable rate for 2017 is $995.00 per week, yielding $51,740.00 per year in temporary total disability benefits.
The $50,000.00 mark was passed with the maximum rate of $978.00 per week in 2016.
Average weekly wages between $1,492.50 and $746.26 will be adjusted on a 2/3rd%basis, for purposes of yielding the temporary total disability benefit.
Average weekly wages that range between $746.25 and $552.78 will result in the temporary total disability benefit rate being set at $497.50.
An average weekly wage of $552.77 or less per week will result in the temporary total disability benefit rate being calculated based upon a 90% basis.
An average weekly wage of $552.77 would, therefore, yield a temporary total disability benefit rate of $497.49, yielding yearly temporary total disability benefits of $25,869.63.
Kindly contact our office with any questions that you might have regarding any calculations of a pre-injury average weekly wage, typically requiring calculation of wages only for the 52 weeks preceding the date of injury, as well as any questions that you might have in terms of the applicable temporary total or temporary partial disability benefits rates.
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