As predicted by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute, the temporary total disability rate in California for 2012 will increase to $1010.50. The state Division of Workers’ Compensation announced the minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates for 2012 will increase on Jan. 1, 2012. The minimum TTD rate will increase to $151.57 and the maximum TTD rate will increase to $1010.50 per week.
The Labor Code requires the TTD rate to increase by an amount equal to the percentage increase in the state average weekly wage (SAWW) as compared to the prior year. 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. In the 12 months ending March 31, 2011 the SAWW increased from $979.90 to $1003.55.
Under the Labor Code, workers with dates of injury on or after Jan. 1, 2003 who are receiving life pensions (LP) or permanent total disability (PTD) benefits are also entitled to have their weekly LP or PTD rate adjusted based on the SAWW.
The SAWW may be verified at the U.S. Department of Labor Web site. For the 12 months preceding March 31, 2011: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/content/data_stats/datasum11/DataSum_2011_1.pdf