OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 25

AN ACT CONCERNING SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSETS UNDER THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACT.

SUMMARY:

This bill eliminates the requirement that workers' compensation wage replacement benefits be reduced by an amount equal to any Social Security retirement benefits to which the injured worker is entitled. Under current law, a person receiving Social Security retirement benefits who is eligible for workers' compensation total disability payments receives workers' compensation only if the compensation payment exceeds his Social Security benefit, and he receives only the amount of workers' compensation in excess of his Social Security benefit. This applies to worker injuries that take place on or after July 1, 1993 (the effective date of the law creating the offset). Under the bill, the injured worker can receive both the workers' compensation and Social Security benefits with no offset.

Workers' compensation total disability benefits are payable to workers who cannot work because of a job-related injury or illness. Social Security retirement benefits are payable to eligible retirees once they reach age 62.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

12

Nay

1

(03/07/2006)