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
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)
CALCULATION OF COLA MULTIPLIERS
AND REIMBURSEMENT FACTORS
View <strong>Table 1</strong>
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
Calculation of Weekly Benefits
View Calculation Formulas
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