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Workers’ Comp Rates Are On The Rise Again In New Jersey

By on October 27, 2011 in Counsel Fees with 0 Comments

After a year in 2011 in which workers’ compensation rates actually declined for the first time in decades, the new rates in 2012 have renewed the steady ascent which commenced in 1980.

The Workers’ Compensation rates effective January 1, 2012 are:

Maximum for temporary disability and permanent total  — $810.00 per week up from $792.00

Minimum for temporary disability — $216.00 per week up from $211.00

These rates are based on the State Average Weekly Wage.  For 2012 that average is $1,079.91.  The State Average Weekly Wage in 2011 is $1,056.54.

At this time Capehart does not have the new rate charts put out by New Jersey Manufacturers.  These rate changes will affect all awards.  The rate of increase over 2011 appears to be approximately 2%.

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John H. Geaney

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About the Author:

John H. Geaney, an executive committee member and shareholder with Capehart Scatchard, began an email newsletter entitled Currents in Workers’ Compensation, ADA and FMLA in 2001 in order to keep clients and readers informed on leading developments in these three areas of law. Since that time he has written over 500 newsletter updates.

Mr. Geaney is the author of Geaney’s New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Manual for Practitioners, Adjusters & Employers. The manual is distributed by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). He also authored an ADA and FMLA manual as distributed by NJICLE. If you are interested in purchasing the manual, please contact NJICLE at 732-214-8500 or visit their website at www.njicle.com.

Mr. Geaney represents employers in the defense of workers’ compensation, ADA and FMLA matters. He is a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of the American Bar Association and is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a workers’ compensation law attorney. He is one of two firm representatives to the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network. He has served on the Executive Committee of Capehart Scatchard for over ten (10) years.

A graduate of Holy Cross College summa cum laude, Mr. Geaney obtained his law degree from Boston College Law School. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by his peers and Law and Politics. He serves as Vice President of the Friends of MEND, the fundraising arm of a local charitable organization devoted to promoting affordable housing.

Capehart Scatchard is a full service law firm with offices in Mt. Laurel and Trenton, New Jersey. The firm represents employers and businesses in a wide variety of areas, including workers’ compensation, civil litigation, labor, environmental, business, estates and governmental affairs.

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