Public Meeting Notices
|2015 Wage Info|
• AMW Statutory
Max - $4,337.82
• Arizona Minimum Wage - $8.05
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- 03/02/15: The 2015 Physicians' & Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule Hearing will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 PM - click here for information
- 12/04/14: Commission to Consider Adoption of Treatment Guideline Process. For more information, click here.
- 03/25/15: Contract for RFP INDCOM15-00004723 has been cancelled and will be resolicited - full details here.
- 03/06/15: ICA Issues Notice to WC Stakeholders Regarding Directed Care - details here
- 02/06/15: Federal OSHA Rejects Arizona's Residential Fall Protection Standards - details here
- 01/27/15: Training Webinars in Claims Handling & Processing for Spring 2015 are here! [Sorry - Apr Webinar is full!] - click here for remaining dates.
- 01/20/14: AZ Medical Data Report for Service Year 2013 now available - details here
- 12/16/14: Commission makes corrections to reimbursement values of Medicine Codes added to 2014 Fee Schedule - click here for more information
- 12/09/14: Coming Soon! New Domain Name for Industrial Commission of Arizona. - details here
- 12/04/14: NCCI Announces Workers Comp Coverage Verification Service Mobile App! - details here
- 10/20/14: Commission announces Admin & Special Fund Assessment Rates for CY 2015
- 10/17/14: Commission announces Arizona minimum wage of $8.05 for CY 2015
- 10/17/14: ADOSH adds training classes on Ebola Resources and Fall Protection in Construction. Get revised training schedule in latest edition of the Advocate here.
- 09/26/14: Commission submits written comments on Federal OSHA's proposed rejection of State initiated plan change and reconsideration of final approval of state plan, 79 Fed. Reg. 49465 (August 21, 2014). Click here to read.
- 09/23/14: Commission Corrects Code in Surgery Fee Schedule. Click here for details.
- 09/04/14: Commission posts 2014-2015 Physicians' and Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule (Eff Oct 1, 2014) - sign in here to access it
- 08/20/14: Federal OSHA extends comment period for proposed amendments to recordkeeping regulations to October 14, 2014. For more information, click here.
- 08/01/14: Commission posts 2014 Summary of Commission Action regarding Physicians' and Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule.
- 07/02/14: Annual ICA Claims Seminar (Aug 14-15) is fast approaching and there are deadlines for room and registration! Details here.
- 06/26/14: Commission adopts AMW Statutory Max for CY 2015: $4,337.82 - details here
- 05/23/14: Cool off at the ADOSH Summer Safety Summit in Flagstaff July 23-24 at Sinagua Middle School! OSHA 10-hour classes and over 24 safety presentations planned for Arizona's employers and employees! - details here
- 05/12/14: Annual ICA Claims Seminar is scheduled for August 14-15, 2014 at the Wigwam Resort Hotel in Litchfield Park, AZ. Details now available . . .
- 04/14/14: The Special Fund Insolvent Carrier (SB1310) report has been updated. To view updated report, click here. To view original report see Recent News entry for 12/12/13 below.
- 04/03/14: SCF Companies Become CopperPoint. Details here.
- 03/20/14: Federal OSHA threatens action against Arizona state OSHA plan. Click here to read letter.
- 12/12/13: Special Fund Insolvent Carrier (SB1310) To view report, click here. This report has been updated. To view update, see 04/14/14 Recent News entry above.
- 07/10/13: Commission adopts AMW Statutory Max for CY 2014: $4,256.94
- 02/11/13: The Claims Division has developed a procedure for Change of Physician Requests under A.R.S. § 23-1062.02. - details here
- 10/31/12: Claims Division Revises AMW Procedure Effective Dec 3, 2012
- 06/11/12: 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries [Revised] Available
- 04/27/12: Commission recognizes National Workers' Memorial Day
- 11/22/11: OSHA Videos Now Available: Preventing Construction Worksite Hazards
- 10/14/11: Commission announces Arizona minimum wage for CY 2012
- 07/06/11: New Cranes and Derricks, Hexavalent Chromium, and Steel Erection Safety Standards
Kathleen McLeod, Claims Manager
Average Monthly Wage Statutory Maximum Information
Phoenix: 800 W Washington St, Phoenix AZ 85007 - Phone: (602) 542-4661
Tucson: 2675 East Broadway, Tucson AZ 85716 - Phone: (520) 628-5181
FAX (use for either office): (602) 542-3373
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Compensation and death benefits are generally based on the employee's "average monthly wage" at the time of the industrial injury. The maximum average monthly wage has historically been a statutorily stated, specific amount. The Legislature would, from time to time, amend the statute to provide for an increased amount.
The Legislature amended the average monthly wage statute in 2007 to provide for an annual adjustment ("indexing") of the maximum average monthly wage that began with injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2010. See A.R.S. § 23-1041(E). The statute directs the Industrial Commission to adopt an amount that adjusts the maximum average monthly wage by the annual percentage increase in an index. The index originally specified in the statute was “the Arizona mean wage published by the department of economic security using the bureau of labor statistics occupational employment statistics data coded for all occupations for the prior calendar year.” This index was used to adopt the maximum average monthly wage for calendar years 2010 to 2013. The Legislature amended the statute in 2012 and changed the index to, simply, the “Employment Cost Index.” The Employment Cost Index is composed of many different indexes. The Industrial Commission adopted a formal rule in 2013, A.A.C. R20-15-165, to identify the specific index within the Employment Cost Index to be used to adjust the maximum average monthly wage,. The rule reads as follows: In using the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Cost Index to adopt the amount of an increase to the maximum average monthly wage under A.R.S. § 23-1041(E), the Commission shall use the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Cost Index for Wages and Salaries, for Civilian Workers, by Occupational Group and Industry, All Workers, available at http://www.bls.gov. In essence, the maximum average monthly wage is increased each year by the same percentage increase in the Employment Cost Index for Wages and Salaries, for Civilian Workers, by Occupational Group and Industry, All Workers. The Commission is directed to adopt such an amount by August 1 of each year to be effective for the following calendar year. The Commission applied the new index to adopt the maximum average monthly wage for calendar year 2015.
The table below provides an archive of resolutions the Industrial Commission has adopted to establish the maximum average monthly wage under A.R.S. § 23-1041 as amended.