First off, let me say that we have some knowledgable and sophisticated folks here, but I want to share a trap I just pulled out of.
The following applies to the State of Ohio, but you may have a similar law in your state:
Average Weekly Wage
Under R.C. 4123.61, the Average Weekly Wage (A.W.W. or AWW) is the basis of compensation payments, except for the first twelve weeks of temporary total. The average weekly wage is determined by dividing the injured worker's total earnings for the year before the injury by 52 weeks. There is a statewide maximum average weekly wage which cannot be exceeded. In certain situations, the average weekly wage may be recalculated due to special circumstances.
Be advised that some unscrupulous employers falsely report wage histories, knowing that the AWW is calculated by the BWC based on these reported earnings.
If the employer under-reports wage history by say for example, just a month or so on all of their injured workers, this results in a savings to the employer of thousands of dollars per year.
In checking what my employer reported, they failed to report two (2) months of my income. Employer intentionally chopped an entire month off both the front and back of my wage history.
Two month's wages is a pretty good chunk of change, which if I had not caught it, has and would continue to result in the substantial under-payment of TTD.
If you have worked for Employee Leasing Services, Inc., (ELS,Inc.) or any of its subsidiaries, who are (d/b/a doing business as) different names, one of which is Star Employment Solutions, LLC, be alert, because they are thoroughly corrupt and fraudulently conceal wage information across the board.
If you have ever worked for "Hooter's" for example, (