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Bill would reduce weekly profits, change recurring formula



The Rhode Island Senate unanimously passed legislation that creates a new formula for determining the benefits of injured workers each week and eliminates ambiguity in the right to recurring work-related disability.

S.B. 937 would change the language of the State Compensation Act to allow an injured worker who has returned to work for 26 weeks or more and suffers a recurrence of the injury to receive an average weekly wage using the same formula to calculate the figure used in the 13 weeks before the recurrence . At present, the salary is determined by dividing the gross salary by the number of calendar weeks during which the employee was employed. If it is signed into law, that part of the legislation would enter into force immediately.

The bill also reduces weekly compensation for damages that occur on or after January 1

, 2022, to 62% of the average weekly wage or the wage from the current 75%.

If signed into law, this part of the bill would enter into force on 1 January 2022.

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