Within the State of California, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) is the administrating body to adjudicate claims of injured workers. The WCAB consists of both a main judicial body and local offices throughout the State of California.
How can Industrial Back Injuries occur?
In California, Workers’ Compensation Back Injuries can occur in many ways. Injuries can be the result of a specific incident, a cumulative trauma, a presumptive injury, or a compensable consequence arising out of an injury to other body parts or systems. A Back Injury can also be an aggravation of a pre-existing back condition. This article discusses the types of industrial back injuries, the testings that are available, an the treatments that are available.
The Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (“LACERS”) is a department of the City of Los Angeles which provides retirement benefits to the civilian employees of the City of Los Angeles. LACERS administers the benefits approved by the City (the “plan sponsor”) which includes pension benefits.
The Orange County Employee Retirement System (OCERS) provides employees of the County of Orange with a system of payment of retirement benefits. It offers disability retirements that are both service and non-service connected.
What are the Payments on a Service Connected Retirement?
Your monthly Service-connected Disability Retirement allowance will be equal to 50 percent of your Final Average Salary, subject to limitations for reciprocal members. If you are eligible for a Service Retirement allowance, you will receive the greater of your Disability Retirement allowance or your Service Retirement allowance, subject to limitations for reciprocal members. A Service-connected Disability Retirement allowance is currently exempt from taxes up to 50 percent of your Final Average Salary. Any portion above 50 percent of your Final Average Salary is taxable. If you have any questions regarding the taxability of your Service-connected Disability Allowance, please consult a tax professional.
Kern County Employees’ Retirement Association (KCERA) is a multi-employer, defined benefit pension plan in Kern County, California, governed by the County Employees’ Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL) and subject to the requirements of the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA).
KCERA is considered a “governmental plan,” as defined in Section 414(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. KCERA administers service retirements, disability retirements and survivorship benefits on behalf of nearly 18,000 active, deferred and retired members and their beneficiaries. The plan provides lifetime retirement benefits to members who meet the minimum age and service credit requirements. After a retired member dies, an eligible beneficiary may be entitled to a lifetime continuance of the benefit.