CIRCULAR LETTER NO NOTICE OF HEARING ADJUDICATORY RULES FOR CLAIMS AND COMPLAINTS BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS

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1 January 8, 2015 CIRCULAR LETTER NO To All Members and Subscribers of the WCRIBMA: NOTICE OF HEARING ADJUDICATORY RULES FOR CLAIMS AND COMPLAINTS BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS Attached please find for your information a Notice of Hearing from the Department of Industrial Accidents announcing a public hearing to seek comment on proposed regulations making certain revisions to the Adjudicatory Rules under 452 CMR A marked up version of 452 CMR Adjudicatory Rules showing the proposed changes is also attached. These proposed changes may have a significant impact on how certain claims are addressed and should be reviewed carefully to determine whether your company wants to provide input to the hearing process. The hearing will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 10:00 am in the Minihan Hall on the Sixth Floor of the Charles F. Hurley Building, 19 Staniford Street, Boston, Massachusetts The Hearing Notice also includes instructions for submitting written comments on the proposed regulations. DANIEL M. CROWLEY, CPCU Vice President Customer Services THE WORKERS COMPENSATION RATING & INSPECTION BUREAU OF MASSACHUSETTS 101 ARCH STREET 5 TH FLOOR, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (617) , FAX (617) ,

2 THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF LABOR & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS DEVAL L. PATRICK Governor GEORGE E. NOEL Director RACHEL KAPRIELIAN Secretary HEARING NOTICE PROPOSED REGULATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS Pursuant to the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, notice is hereby given of the following proposed action: ADJUDICATORY RULES FOR CLAIMS AND COMPLAINTS BEFORE THE DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS Promulgation of 452 CMR 1.00 The Department of Industrial Accidents ( DIA ) is conducting a public hearing to seek comment from members of the regulated community and the general public on proposed regulations making certain revisions to the Adjudicatory Rules under 452 CMR The purpose of the proposed regulations is to improve the practices and policies in the administration of the Workers Compensation Act, M.G.L. c Specifically, the proposed changes in the regulations will improve access to the system for injured workers, help clarify certain wage computational rules, expedite the claims process and establish more effective methods for the provision of translation services for limited English proficient parties participating in the DIA administrative law system. DIA is taking this opportunity to invite you to attend the public hearing and provide comment on the proposed regulation. The hearing will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 10:00 am in the Minihan Hall on the Sixth Floor of the Charles F. Hurley Building, 19 Staniford Street, Boston, Massachusetts Interested parties may provide testimony at the hearing or may submit written comments. All written comments must be received no later than the close of business on January 30, 2015, presented in a legible manner, and addressed to George Noel, Director, Department of Industrial Accidents, One Congress Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA A copy of the proposed regulation is available upon written request to the above address, or may be viewed online at Auxiliary aids and services or other reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please allow at least two weeks (14 days) advance notice. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fulfill. Send an to Dennis Johnson Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development /Diversity/ADA Office or call 617/ For hearing-impaired relay services, call or CONGRESS STREET, SUITE 100, BOSTON MA Tel. # (617)

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