Under certain circumstances the value of fringe benefits may be included in determining the average weekly wage. Fringe benefits include things such as the cost of health insurance, employer contributions to a pension plan, and vacation and holiday pay. Sometimes when a worker is injured, the company continues to provide fringe benefits. There is nothing in the law that requires the company to do this.
However, if benefits are not continued, then the worker has suffered a greater loss of income. The value of fringe benefits that are not continued is added to the value of the cash wages to determine the worker's average weekly wage, however, there is a limit. Fringe benefits cannot be used to raise the benefit to more than two-thirds of the state average weekly wage.