The Division of Workers' Compensation has posted an online forum for members of the public to review and comment on suggested language for new and amended regulations for the audit program. The forum can be found at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/Wcjudicial.htm. Click on "current forums" at the top of the page.
The regulatory revisions are required by recent changes in the California Labor Code. Highlights include: (1) a penalty structure for utilization review violations, as required by section 4610 of the Labor Code; (2) a penalty structure for not complying with supplemental job displacement benefit requirements; (3) a procedure to implement the administrative penalty of up to $400,000, which can be assessed by the DWC administrative director under Labor Code section 5814.6; and (4) a penalty structure for failure to comply with Workers' Compensation Information System (WCIS) reporting requirements.
Comments will be accepted at the forum until Thursday, July 15. Please feel free to participate in this important process. After the forum is closed, formal rulemaking will begin on these regulations, including the scheduling of a public hearing.