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Important Update on Workers' Compensation Board Operations (June 2021)

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Subject Number 046-1400 New Maximum Weekly Benefit Rate Effective July 1, 2021

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Date: April 27, 2021

The maximum weekly benefit rate for workers' compensation claimants is two-thirds of the New York State average weekly wage for the previous calendar year, as determined by the New York State Department of Labor (Workers' Compensation Law §§ 2(16);15(6)).

The Department of Labor reported to the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services that the New York State average weekly wage for 2020 was $1,594.57. Accordingly, the maximum weekly benefit rate is $1,063.05 for compensable lost time for workers' compensation claims with dates of injury during the period from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Clarissa M. Rodriguez
Chair