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§ 129.3. Amount of Temporary Income Benefits

(a) The insurance carrier (carrier) shall pay an injured employee (employee) the temporary income benefits (TIBs) the employee is entitled to in accordance with this chapter.

(b) The carrier shall determine whether the employee earns less than $8.50 per hour for a workers’ compensation claim with a date of injury before September 1, 2015, or less than $10 per hour for a workers’ compensation claim with a date of injury on or after September 1, 2015, as follows:

(1) Once the carrier has received the Wage Statement required by this title, the carrier shall divide the average weekly wage (AWW) calculated from the Wage Statement by the average number of hours worked. The average hours worked is the total gross hours reported worked on the Wage Statement divided by the period in which the hours were worked;

(2) If the carrier has not received the Wage Statement, but has received the Employer’s First Report of Injury, the carrier shall use the wage information provided by the employer through the first report; or

(3) If the carrier has not received the information necessary to perform the calculations required by subsection (b)(1) or (2) of this section, the carrier shall use wage information provided by the employee until the necessary information is obtained from the employer.

(c) The carrier shall calculate the AWW in accordance with Chapter 128 of this title (relating to Calculation of Average Weekly Wage) and shall calculate the Post-Injury Earnings (PIE) in accordance with §129.2 of this title (relating to Entitlement to Temporary Income Benefits). In determining the PIE, the carrier shall base its calculations on specific wage information reported by the employer and/or the employee. A generic statement by the employer indicating the employer is “continuing full salary” or “the employee is earning full salary” is not adequate documentation to be considered PIE.

(d) The carrier shall calculate the employee’s lost wages by subtracting the PIE from the AWW (or AWW – PIE).

(e) The amount of TIBs an employee is entitled to is based on the lost wages. If the employee’s PIE equals or exceeds the employee’s AWW, the employee has no lost wages and the carrier shall not pay TIBs.

(f) Subject to the minimum and maximum TIBs rates as provided in subsection (g) of this section, an employee is entitled to TIBs as follows:

(1) for a workers’ compensation claim with a date of injury before September 1, 2015,

(A) an employee who earns $8.50 or more per hour is entitled to TIBs in the amount of 70% of the lost wages; or

(B) an employee who earns less than $8.50 per hour is entitled to TIBs as follows:

(i) 75% of the lost wages for the first 26 weeks of TIBs due; and

(ii) 70% of the lost wages for all TIBs payments thereafter; and

(2) for a workers’ compensation claim with a date of injury on or after September 1, 2015,

(A) an employee who earns $10 or more per hour is entitled to TIBs in the amount of 70% of the lost wages; or

(B) an employee who earns less than $10 per hour is entitled to TIBs as follows:

(i) 75% of the lost wages for the first 26 weeks of TIBs due; and

(ii) 70% of the lost wages for all TIBs payments thereafter.

(g) The carrier shall pay the TIBs in the amount calculated in subsection (f) of this section, unless:

(1) this amount is greater than the maximum weekly TIBs rate computed in accordance with Texas Labor Code, §408.061, in which case the carrier shall pay the maximum weekly TIBs rate; or

(2) this amount, when added to the employee’s PIE, is less than the minimum weekly TIBs rate computed in accordance with Texas Labor Code, §408.062, in which case the carrier shall pay the minimum weekly TIBs rate.

The provisions of this §129.3 adopted to be effective December 26, 1999, 24 TexReg 11420; amended to be effective February 28, 2016, 41 TexReg 1249.

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§ 129.3. Amount of Temporary Income Benefits

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