Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Announces Changes To Spendable Base Wage


Providence, RI   (CompNewsNetwork) - The Rhode Island Workers' Compensation Division has announced changes to the spendable earnings calculations. 

Before May 18, 1992, a worker's base weekly compensation rate was calculated to be two thirds of the worker's average weekly wage, subject to a maximum weekly amount.  As of May 18, 1992, the calculation of the base weekly compensation rate was changed to be seventy-five percent (75%) of the worker's spendable earnings capped at a maximum weekly rate.  Spendable earnings approximates a worker's earnings less withholdings. Withholding amounts take into account the maximum number of personal exemptions allowed to the employee, not the employee's actual net earnings.

In 2002, legislation changed the annual effective date of the spendable base wages from March 1 to May 10 starting in 2003.

The Division of Workers' Compensation publishes information annually on spendable earnings calculations.  The worker's date of injury determines which set of calculations to use.  For more information, please contact the Education Unit at (401) 462-8100 option 1, or email them at WCEdcUnit@dlt.ri.gov.

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