Rates increase in New York.

Effective July 1, 2013, the maximum benefit increases to $803.21. This is double the maximum rate of just six years ago (the 2007 max rate was $400).

The maximum workers’ compensation weekly benefit is two-thirds of the prior year’s New York State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). The NYS Department of Labor has determined that the 2012 SAWW was $1,204.81, up 1.4% from 2011.

As a result, the maximum weekly benefit for claims with a date of accident or disability from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, is $803.21.

The minimum benefit rate has increased from $100 to $150 effective May 1, 2013. This increase only applies to dates of loss on or after May 1, 2013.

Greg Lois is the managing partner of LOIS LLC and dedicates his practice to defending employers and carriers in New York and New Jersey workers' compensation claims. Greg is the author of a popular series of "Handbooks" on workers' compensation, and is the co-author of the 2016-2019 Lexis-Nexis New Jersey Workers' Compensation Practice Guide. Greg can be reached at 201-880-7213 or glois@loisllc.com