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Aug 04, 2017

Barbara Hollenbach to Speak on Paradigm Shift in Workers’ Compensation

Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will be on the faculty for the upcoming live webinar “Paradigm Shift in WC” hosted by PBI, the Continuing Legal Education Arm for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, along with Thomas C. Baumann, Esq., from Abes Baumann in Pittsburgh.  They will discuss Baumann’s involvement in Protz v.
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Jun 22, 2017

Impairment Rating Evaluations Declared Unconstitutional

Over 20 years after Section 306(a.2) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was enacted, employers will no longer be able to limit partial disability benefits to 500 weeks based on an Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE).  On June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its opinion in Protz v. W.C.A.B. (Derry Area School District), holding that Section 306(a.2) of the Act, which establishes the procedure to modify an injured worker’s benefits from total to partial disability by way of an IRE, is unconstitutional. » Read More

Dec 27, 2016

2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation.  For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2017, the maximum compensation rate is $995.00 per week, which represents a 1.7% increase.

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Jan 08, 2016

2016 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2016 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation. For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2016, the maximum compensation rate is $978.00 per week, which represents a 2.9% increase.

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Jun 13, 2014

Overpayment of Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Recoupment of an overpayment of workers’ compensation benefits to a claimant due to his receipt of offsetable benefits is not barred by equitable principles.  In the recent case of City of Pittsburgh v. W.C.A.B. (Wright), No. 329 C.D. 2014, the Commonwealth Court held that the judge erred in concluding that an employer must overcome a presumption of prejudice whenever it wishes to recoup an overpayment of offsetable benefits. » Read More

Feb 28, 2014

Employee Verification Forms Must Be Completed!

Proper completion of Employee Verification Forms does matter for purposes of workers’ compensation.  In the recent case of McCafferty v. W.C.A.B. (Trial Technologies, Inc.), No. 208 C.D. 2013, the Commonwealth Court held that Form LIBC-760, “Employee Verification of Employment, Self-Employment or Change in Physical Condition,” must be dated by the claimant.  Insurers may submit LIBC-760s to employees at intervals of no less than six months. » Read More

Jan 13, 2014

2014 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently determined the 2014 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation. For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2014, the maximum compensation rate is $932.00 per week, which represents a 1.6% increase.  If you have any questions about this or any other workers’ compensation related issues, please email me at bhollenbach@nmmlaw.com.» Read More

Apr 01, 2013

Barbara Hollenbach Inducted Into College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Barbara L. Hollenbach was inducted as a Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Midwinter Seminar and Conference in March.  The College honors those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their practice in the field of workers’ compensation.  Members are nominated for the outstanding traits they have developed in their practice of 20 years or longer, representing claimants or defendants, serving as judges, or acting for the benefit of all in education, overseeing agencies, and developing legislation.  » Read More

Jan 05, 2012

2012 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2012 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation. For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2012, the maximum compensation rate is $888.00 per week, which represents a 3.5% increase. This increase is the largest percentage increase since 2009. In 2010, the increase was 1%, and in 2011, the increase was 1.5%.» Read More

Dec 30, 2011

Ability to Obtain Unemployment Compensation Benefits Stifled: The Effect of Voluntary Resignation and Release as Part of Workers’ Compensation Claim Settlement

As part of the settlement of a workers’ compensation claim, it is common for the attorney representing the employer to require that the injured worker sign a resignation of employment and a general release. After settlement of the workers’ compensation claim is completed, the injured worker often applies for and receives unemployment compensation (UC) benefits.» Read More

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