January 2000, Vol. 123, No. 1
Changes in workers’ compensation during 1999Glenn Whittington
During 1999, several States focused on providing workers’ compensation coverage to "volunteer" workers, while others addressed the issue of a claim being filed by an employee whose use of illegal drugs or alcohol contributed to his or her injury. Seven States also increased their maximum allowances for burial payments.
In Arizona, the rate of compensation for the surviving spouse was increased from 35 percent to 66-2/3 percent of the monthly wage of the deceased spouse in the case of a death claim in which there are no dependent children. In Colorado, permanent partial disability benefits were increased from $150 per week to $176 per week. In Georgia, the maximum weekly benefit for temporary total disability was increased from $325 to $350 and the minimum, from $32.50 to $35. The maximum weekly benefit for temporary partial disability was also increased from $216.67 to $233.33.
The maximum compensation in New Mexico was increased from 85 percent to 100 percent of the State’s average weekly wage and in North Dakota, the maximum for temporary total and permanent total benefits was increased from 100 percent to 110 percent of the State’s average weekly wage.
Maximum burial allowances were increased to $5,000 in Arizona, to $7,500 in Georgia, to $4,000 in Montana, to $7,500 in New Mexico, to $6,500 in North Dakota, to $7,500 in Tennessee, and to $6,000 in Texas.
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