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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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Sep 21, 2015

Use of Sixth Edition of the Ama Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment to Determine Impairment Rating under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act Declared Unconstitutional

Under Section 306(a.2) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, an employer may request an employee to submit to an Impairment Rating Evaluation (“IRE”). The Act provides that the degree of impairment shall be determined “pursuant to the most recent edition of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.» Read More

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

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

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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