In 2015, some injured workers who are off work due to their injury will get increased temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, thanks to a rise of over 2 1/2% in California's state average weekly wage (SAWW) over the past year. California’s maximum TTD benefit will go up to $1,103.29 per week (the 2014 maximum is $1,074.64 per week). Injured workers who were making more than $1,655 per week will be entitled to this maximum. The new higher maximum will apply to those who were injured on or after January 1, 2015.
The minimum TTD benefit will also increase, to $165.49 per week from $161.19 per week. Workers who were making under $248 per week will be entitled to receive this minimum payment for time off work due to injuries sustained in 2015.
Rates will not change for workers who were making between $248 and $1,655 per week; the TTD benefit they will receive is two-thirds of their average weekly wage. Permanent disability minimum and maximum weekly rates are also not expected to change. For more information on benefits, see Nolo's book California Workers' Comp: How to Take Charge When You're Injured on the Job.