A worker's base weekly compensation rate is calculated as seventy-five percent (75%) of the worker's spendable earnings or spendable base wage capped at a maximum weekly rate. Spendable base wage approximates a worker's earnings less withholdings. Withholding amounts take into account the maximum number of personal exemptions allowed to the employee, not the employee's actual net earnings.
The Division of Workers' Compensation
publishes information annually on spendable base wagecalculations. The
worker's date of incapacity determines which set of calculations to use. For
more information, please contact the Education Unit at (401) 462-8100
option 1, or email them at DLT.WCEdcUnit@dlt.ri.gov.
**Spendable Base Wage Table Errors**
- The Spendable Base WageTables for 2006, 2005 and 2004 were found to
contain errors. The formulas provided in each publication are correct.
The tables that give the spendable base wage figures are wrong in some
cases, which may result in a higher compensation rate for the claimant.
The highest rate difference is $3.22. Corrected versions are now available
below.
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