Tag Archives: Wage Earning Capacity

Minimum wage increase January 1, 2017

Reminder about minimum wage increase and how this could impact Michigan workers’ compensation benefits. Michigan employees will see an increase in the minimum wage from $8.50 to $8.90 per hour on January 1, 2017. We are strong advocates for a living wage and support this change. However, increasing the minimum wage could have positive and […]

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Disabled workers get paid $2 per hour

Growing anger over paying disabled workers less than minimum wage and how individuals on workers’ compensation feel the pinch. Disability activists recently planned a demonstration at the Michigan State Capitol during an ADA anniversary celebration. The reason being that sponsors of the event pay individuals with disabilities less than minimum wage and because the Capitol […]

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Math error not in your favor

Insurance company makes $8,500 error and how to double check your comp rate. Never assume an insurance company is paying the correct comp rate. We see individuals who are receiving much less than required under Michigan law. Just last week an $8,500 error was discovered. Turns out the insurance company had been shorting our client by […]

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Congratulations! You have been awarded ½ pay for full-time disability!

Our tongue-in-cheek list of ways businesses can share the pain under the wage earning capacity standard. The concept of “wage earning capacity” has caused significant controversy in the workers’ compensation system. It allows insurance companies to use “imaginary wages” to calculate the benefit rate. Instead of paying 80% of the employee’s average weekly wage, employers […]

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Part 2 of 3: Benefits Reduced

Three types of clients and why legal assistance is a necessary to win your workers’ compensation case. We have written several blogs regarding worker’ compensation reform and its bad effects on our clients. The worst being an automatic reduction based upon “wage earning capacity” or partial disability. Think of wage earning capacity as your ability […]

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