Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Commonwealth Court Confirms Cafeteria Plan Funds Not Wages

In J. Weikel v. WCAB (PECO) The Employer provided "flex dollars" for benefits, and the Claimant could get them in cash if they were unused. The WCJ held amounts allocated by the Claimant to purchasing plan items are not includable in the average weekly wage. The Commonwealth Court affirmed, noting Section 309 excludes from the AWW calculation "employer payments for or contributions to a retirement, pension, health and welfare, life insurance, social security or any other plan for the benefit of the employe or his dependents."

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