CORRECTION FOR SAWW Increases for 2020
PLEASE NOTE THE DWC CORRECTION IN THE SAWW AND TTD RATES FOR 2020. THE FOLLOWING ARE THE CORRECT RATES:
In 2020 the California State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) will increase from $1,276.00 to $1,325.00 which equals an increase of 3.84013% for temporary total disability (TTD), permanent total disability (PTD) and other workers’ compensation benefits that are tied to SAWW increases. The SAWW is defined as the average weekly wage paid to employees covered by unemployment insurance as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor for California for the 12 months ending March 31 in the year preceding the injury.
Beginning with January 1, 2020 dates of injury and after, the new maximum weekly compensation rate will rise from $1,251.38 to $1,299.43 and the minimum weekly TTD/PTD rate will increase from $187.71 to $194.91.
The SAWW increases will also affect:
TTD paid two years or more after the date of injury
Life Pension and PTD payments for injuries on or after January 1, 2003
Installment payments on death claims
What This Means for You:
GMK suggests that you diary your claims for January 1, 2020, or before, that fit the criteria for the increase in benefits payments due to the rise in the SAWW. Discuss with defense counsel the changes in benefit rates to insure correct adjustments in the payment of benefits to injured workers. Remember unpaid indemnity payments can result in penalties which only add to claim costs.
Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes, LLP