No COLA increase for Social Security Recipients, including those on Disability

For the first time in five years, Social Security recipients, including those on Social Security Disability (SSD) or Social Security Supplemental (SSI) benefits, will not receive an increase cost of living adjustment.  Benefits cost of living increases are determined by the rate of inflation.  This year, the fact recipients will not receive a raise, is a direct result of lower gasoline prices. The inflation measure used by the Social Security Administration was down 0.6% for the 12 months that ended…

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PA Court: Issuance of a Medical-Only NCP in Workers Compensation differs from Acceptance and Subsequent Suspension of Benefits

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently distinguished between a Medical-Only Notice of Compensation Payable and an acceptance of a work injury and a subsequent Suspension of benefits, in Sloane v. W.C.A.B (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)  No 1399, C.D. 2014(Pa. Cmwlth. 2015). The relevant time lines are this:  An injured worker has three years after the date of the injury to file a Claim Petition to seek workers’ compensation benefits for the injury.  If a Notice of Compensation Payable (NCP) is issued…

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PA Commonwealth Court changes Impairment Rating Evaluations in Workers Compensation

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court invalidated Section 306 (a.2)1 of the Workers Compensation Act, as amended, finding the language to be an unlawful delegation of power to a private entity.  Let's first take a look at the language of Section 306 (a/.2)1. (a.2) (1) When an employe has received total disability compensation pursuant to clause (a) for a period of one hundred four weeks, unless otherwise agreed to, the employe shall be required to submit to a medical examination which shall…

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