Washington state: Benefits see slight increase for cost of living
State law requires that benefits be recalculated each year to reflect the change in the average wage from the previous calendar year. The recalculation of benefits is based on the average annual wage of all workers in Washington state. That wage, calculated by the Employment Security Department, rose to $47,153 in 2009 -- an increase of 1.9 percent from 2008.
The amount the Department of Labor and Industries or self-insured employers pay for permanent partial disability awards for new injuries that occurred on or after July 1 decreased by 0.67 percent. Officials said this decrease is based on the change in the Consumer Price Index. Permanent partial disability awards go to workers who have lost a body part or suffered a permanent, disabling injury.
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September 13, 2010
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