PA 06-84—sSB 25

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Appropriations Committee

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

SUMMARY: This act eliminates the requirement that workers' compensation wage replacement benefits be reduced by an amount equal to the Social Security retirement benefits to which the injured worker is entitled. Under prior law, a person receiving Social Security retirement benefits who is eligible for workers' compensation total disability payments for an injury that took place on or after July 1, 1993, receives workers' compensation only if the compensation exceeds his Social Security benefit, and he receives only the amount of compensation in excess of his Social Security. Under the act, the injured worker can receive both Social Security and workers' compensation benefits with no reduction for any compensable injury that occurs on or after the act's effective date (May 30, 2006).

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

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