New Law and Rules-What do these really mean and what is the impact on you
Author: Douglas J. Alofs, Esq, & Timothy J. Wannemacher, Esq.
RKM attorneys Douglas J. Alofs, Esq, & Timothy J. Wannemacher, Esq. recently presented an educational program on Maine Workers’ Compensation to a group of long term health care owners, administrators and human resources personnel at MHCA Workers’ Compensation Fund’s Annual Members Meeting at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. They covered several of the changes going into effect under the new law and regulations for injuries after January 1, 2020, including: the increase in the maximum benefits level from 100% to 125%; COLA for total incapacity benefits after 260 weeks of benefits; extending the maximum duration of benefits for partial incapacity from 520 weeks to 624 weeks; including fringe benefits in the calculation of the injured worker’s average weekly wage and extending the notice of injury requirement from 30 days to 60 days.