LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Workers’ Compensation Rates
Jan.: The 2018 average assessment rate will be $1.60 per $100 of payroll, a 10% cut from last year. Rates are going down for all but one group: 402 – Construction & Construction Related Services (+9¢).
Dec. 20: That’s the deadline to comment on a WCB proposal to loosen up the definition of what constitutes “impairment” under Sec. 1(1)(n) of the Workers’ Compensation Act to encompass not just physical but psychological conditions like PTSD as well as ongoing symptoms like chronic pain:
|Current Definition of Impairment||Proposed New Definition of Impairment|
|“a medically measurable permanent anatomical loss or disfigurement and includes, amputation, loss of vision, loss of hearing, impaired nerve function, scarring causing disfigurement, joint ankylosis, or joint fusion from surgery.”||“any permanent loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function”|