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DON'T FORGET ABOUT SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL...

Don't forget about shift differential... We were recently working on a case for a client and the question came up as to whether or not they could claim a $2.75 shift differential for working at night. This is the pay you get for working odd hours, or late at night. The reason this is important is that shift differential pay increases the hourly rate of compensation for the worker. That hourly rate is critical to determining how much weekly workers compensation pay you receive. For many years a worker could not claim a shift differential increase in pay as part of their hourly pay. It was viewed more as a bonus, and even though it was earned for every hour worked, the system did not allow those dollars to be included in the calculation. This was changed a few years ago and now shift differential is an important part of making sure you are paid the correct amount. Determining the correct weekly rate of compensation for Iowa Workers' Compensation is a very important step in determining the value of your case. If there are mistakes in the hourly rate of pay, those mistakes will amplify the problem with the value of the case. This is why we work so carefully to make sure we understand how you were paid and how that pay affects your weekly rate of compensation.

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