A claimant’s temporary total disability is calculated according to their average weekly wage.  The average weekly wage should be calculated through accurate wage records.  If a claimant usually works overtime, the average weekly wage should reflect earnings for over 40 hours of work per week.  Additionally, if they have concurrent employment (defined elsewhere in this Glossary), they are entitled to have those earnings figured into their average weekly wage.  If there are medical insurance benefits provided as part of their wage and those are discontinued by the employer for any reason, the worker may be entitled to have 2/3rds of the COBRA value of the insurance premium, or some other replacement value, figured into their average weekly wage.  The average weekly wage may also include the reasonable value of meals, lodging and similar benefits received for working.  Tips are included only if reported to the IRS.  (Sections 8-40-201 (19), 8-42-102(2), C.R.S.).

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