ISSUE: Annual Rate Increase

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the annual rate increase effective October 1, 2011, under section 910(f), based on the new National Average Weekly Wage (NAWW).  

The new NAWW effective October 1, 2011, is $647.60.  This represents a 3.05% cost of living increase over October 1, 2010.  All beneficiaries receiving permanent total disability or related death benefits as of September 30, 2011, receive a 3.05% increase in their weekly rate.

The new NAWW also establishes the new maximum and minimum rates under section 906(b); effective October 1, 2011, the maximum weekly rate under the Longshore Act is 200% of the NAWW, so the new maximum rate is $1,295.20 per week.  The minimum rate is 50% of the NAWW, so the new minimum rate is $323.80 per week.

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