Further to Libby Campbell’s article last week in regards to hours of work and the calculation of pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE), for work capacity decisions made on or after 1 January 2019, there is a new regime.
Work capacity decisions include decisions by the workers compensation insurer in respect to a worker’s capacity to work and their PIAWE.
Decisions in respect to PIAWE, which are generally mathematical calculations, require review of wages material in the 12 months prior to the worker’s injury and will be in the large part resolved by a review of the insurer, or failing that by an arbitrator of the Workers Compensation Commission.
All other decisions that would include decisions about a workers ability to work are more complex and require evidence to be gathered from medical professionals. The insurer will be asked to review their decision however, if the insurer is unswayed, then proceedings would be commenced in the Workers Compensation Commission and a decision made by an arbitrator.
The above pathways are new and only available for work capacity decisions made on or after 1 January 2019.
If you require assistance in respect to the above, please contact the writer at Everingham Solomons, because Helping You is Our Business.
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