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Workers’ Comp News Alert: 2018 New Jersey WC Rate Schedule Announced

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released the 2018 Schedule of Disabilities, which is calculated using the statewide average weekly wage (SAWW) of $1,203.43. The amount of temporary disability benefits is subject to a maximum of 75% of the SAWW, or $903.00 for the year 2018. The minimum temporary disability benefit rate is 20% of the SAWW, or $241.00 for the year 2018. Under the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law, injured workers are entitled to temporary disability benefits equal to 70% of their average weekly earnings.

The injured worker may also be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits, which are capped at 75% of the SAWW or 70% of the average weekly earnings, whichever is less. Permanent partial disability benefits are payable at rates which correspond to the extent of the injured workers’ disability and according to the 2018 Schedule of Disabilities. The Schedule of Disabilities can be viewed here.

Jennifer F. Schwartz is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson LLP.  She concentrates her practice in the area of workers’ compensation litigation. Jennifer earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2013.  While at Temple, she was on the Dean's List for four semesters and received a Law Faculty Scholarship.  In addition, she served as an intern with Public Health Management Corporation and Philadelphia Municipal Court.  She received a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010.  After attending law school, Jennifer served as a Judicial Fellow to the Honorable Patricia A. McInerney in the First Judicial District Court of Common Pleas, Commerce Division, from October 2013 through March 2014.  Jennifer is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the Federal District of New Jersey.

Jennifer can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4367 • jschwartz@rawle.com