Alaska Statutes Title 23. Labor and Workers' Compensation § 23.30.224. Coordination of benefits

(a) Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, an employer's liability for payment of weekly compensation under AS 23.30.180 or 23.30.185 to an employee eligible for a disability benefit under AS 14.25.130 , AS 39.35.400 , or 39.35.410 may not exceed the lesser of

(1) the difference between the disability benefit payable to the employee under AS 14.25.130 , AS 39.35.400 , or 39.35.410 , converted to a weekly basis, and 100 percent of the employee's spendable weekly wage as calculated under AS 23.30.220 ;  or

(2) the maximum compensation rate calculated under AS 23.30.175 .

(b) An employer's liability for payment of compensation under AS 23.30.041(k) to an employee eligible for a disability benefit payable under AS 14.25.130 , AS 39.35.400 , or 39.35.410 may not exceed the lesser of

(1) the difference between the disability benefit payable to the employee under AS 14.25.130 , AS 39.35.400 , or 39.35.410 , converted to a weekly basis, and 80 percent of the employee's spendable weekly wage as calculated under AS 23.30.220 ;  or

(2) 105 percent of the average weekly wage calculated under AS 23.30.175(d) .

(c) Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, the liability of an employer for payment of compensation for an injury or illness under AS 23.30.180 or 23.30.185 to an employee who is covered by a union or group retirement system to which the employer makes contributions under a collective bargaining agreement or by membership in a welfare or pension plan or trust may not exceed the lesser of

(1) the difference between 100 percent of the employee's spendable weekly wage and an amount equal to the disability benefit, disability pension, or medical retirement benefit that the employee is eligible to receive as a result of the injury or illness, as calculated on a weekly basis, under the retirement system or welfare or pension plan or trust;  or

(2) the maximum compensation rate calculated under AS 23.30.175 .

(d) If the union or group retirement system, pension plan, or trust referred to in (c) of this section provides by its terms that its benefits are precluded or reduced if benefits are awarded under this chapter, the limitation provided in (c)(1) of this section is not applicable to the extent of the amount precluded or reduced.

(e) Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, the liability of an employer for payment of compensation for an injury or illness under AS 23.30.041(k) to an employee who is covered by a union or group retirement system to which the employer makes contributions under a collective bargaining agreement or by membership in a welfare or pension plan or trust may not exceed the lesser of

(1) the difference between 100 percent of the employee's spendable weekly wage and an amount equal to the disability benefit, disability pension, or medical retirement benefit that the employee is eligible to receive as a result of the injury or illness, calculated on a weekly basis, under the retirement system or welfare or pension plan or trust;  or

(2) 105 percent of the average weekly wage calculated under AS 23.30.175(d) .

(f) If the union or group retirement system, pension plan, or trust referred to in (e) of this section provides by its terms that its benefits are precluded or reduced if benefits are awarded under this chapter, the limitation provided in (e)(1) of this section is not applicable to the extent of the amount precluded or reduced.

(g) If the employee receives a lump sum distribution of disability benefits, disability pension, or medical retirement benefits, the combined workers' compensation and weekly disability or medical retirement benefit specified in this section shall be calculated by assuming that the employee received weekly disability or medical retirement payments under the applicable plan from the date of eligibility for the disability benefit or medical retirement until the total of the weekly payments equals the amount of the lump sum, exclusive of that portion of the lump sum specifically set aside under the applicable plan for retraining expenses, medical and transportation expenses, and attorney fees or other legal costs.


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