California May Boost Payouts To Workers Injured On The Job

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California workers permanently injured on the
job would get an average 16 percent increase in disability payments
under proposed new rules.

The state Division of Workers' Compensation says its disability formula is based on data that links wage losses to the type ofinjury.

The formula proposed Friday would be used to estimate how much a
disabled worker could have earned if he or she wasn't permanently
injured. That would determine how much the employee should be paid.

Critics say the current disability formula is already too low, so a small increase isn't nearly enough.

The proposed change will go through several months of public hearings and revisions before a final formula is adopted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-10-08 1454EDT


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