Temporary Disability Benefits:
The minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates for workers’ compensation claims in California will increase on Jan. 1, 2015. The minimum TTD rate will increase from $161.19 to $165.49 and the maximum TTD rate will increase from $1,074.64 to $1,103.29 per week.
Labor Code section 4453(a) (10) requires the rate for TTD be increased by an amount equal to 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, 2014, the SAWW increased from $1,067.25 to $1,095.70—an increase of just under 2.6666 percent.
Under Labor Code section 4659(c), workers with a date 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 PDT rate adjusted based on the SAWW.