Circular Letter 321
COLA Rates as of October 1, 2006

TO: All Interested Persons

FROM: Henry J. Swiniarski, Commissioner

RE: COLA Payment and Reimbursement Schedules; Maximum and Minimum Weekly Compensation Rates; and Attorneys' Fee Schedule

DATE: October 1, 2006

This Circular Letter should be used to determine all of the following:



(a) The maximum weekly benefits payable under M.G.L. c. 152 (prior to the application of any cost-of-living adjustment required under the statute);

(b) The minimum compensation rates payable under § 34 and § 34A;

(c) The proper amounts of adjustments to compensation required under § 34B and § 35F for injuries occurring before 12/24/91;

(d) The proper amounts of adjustments to compensation required under §34B and §35F for injuries occurring on or after 12/24/91;

(e) The reimbursement amount payable to insurers for COLAs paid on permanent and total or survivors' benefits for injuries occurring on or before October 1, 1986;

(f) The reimbursement amount payable to insurers for COLAs paid on permanent and total or survivors' benefits for injuries occurring subsequent to October 1, 1986 but before December 24, 1991; and



(g) Attorneys' fee schedule for claims involving injuries occurring on or after December 24, 1991.



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COLA Reimbursement Cover Letter pdf format of    cola_coverletter_06.pdf

COLA Reimbursement Request Form pdf format of    34B_C.PDF





The average weekly wage in the Commonwealth (SAWW) effective October 1, 2006, as determined under subsection (2) of §29 of Chapter 151A and promulgated by the Director of Unemployment Assistance, is $ 1,000.43. [Please consult Table III ].



Application of New State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW)






Table I

CALCULATION OF COLA MULTIPLIERS
AND REIMBURSEMENT FACTORS



View <strong>Table 1</strong> pdf format of    06 SAWW, Multipliers

Table II

TABLE OF ATTORNEYS' FEES

(NOTE: These new rates apply only to cases involving injuries occurring on or after 12/24/91.)



View Table of Attorney's Fees

Explanation of Attorney's Fees From Advisory Council Website



Table III

Calculation of Weekly Benefits



View Calculation Formulas