This formula is used to arrive at your “average weekly wage” (AWW) for workers’ compensation purposes. Your average weekly wage amount (AWW) is then used to determine your “spendable base wage,” which can be ascertained by using the RI Department of Labor’s spendable base wage tables in effect as of the date of your injury.
Find your average weekly wage on the left-most column on the applicable wage table, and then go across that row to find your status on the applicable table columns (i.e. single-2 or married-3, etc.), that number will be your “spendable base wage.” Once you have that number, what you actually receive in your weekly workers’ compensation check will be 75% that number, i.e. you weekly check will amount to 75% of your spendable base wage.