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March 2004 NOTICES


March 30

The Workers' Compensation Commission held an open meeting to take final action on new regulations:

COMAR 14.09.10 (Individual Employer Self-Insurer) on March 11, 2004. The new regulations were adopted and will be published in the April 2, 2004 issue of The Maryland Register. The regulations become effective April 12, 2004.

COMAR 14.09.01 (Procedural Regulations) to repeal Regulation .06 on March 11, 2004.  The proposed repeal was adopted and will be published in the April 2, 2004 issue of the Maryland Register.  The repeal becomes effective April 11, 2004.
SEE: Adjudication/Claims > Regulatory Changes

March 25/30The Adobe  Reader (PDF) map to Beltsville, WCC Central Regional Hearing Site is posted.  See Adjudication/Claims > Hearing Site Locations or CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MAP version 3/30/04.  See March 1 notice below for more information.
March 12


On  March 15, 2004, Commission rules will prohibit the practice of orally impleading the SIF on or near the date of a scheduled hearing.  The new rule requires that the SIF be impleaded in writing, with a specific requirement that the impleading party identify the evidence which supports the claim that the SIF may be liable.

The new rule does not require that attorneys produce voluminous medical records when fulfilling this requirement and the Commission strongly discourages such a practice. The Commission carefully chose the word 'identify the evidence' when drafting the new rule to convey its desire that the impleading party critically assess the potential SIF liability in the case at the time of filing and be capable of reciting in a brief and concise manner why the SIF should be a party to the proceeding.

Click here for more details, the COMAR text and hypothetical examples demonstrating the proper identifications of evidence in Adobe Reader PDF

March 9The WFMS Online Services Terms of Service Agreement has been updated to accommodate the pending inclusion of online filing of available WCC Claim-Administration form to subscribed WCC attorneys. CLICK HERE for the new terms.
March 1The Commission is proud to announce the opening of its new Central Maryland regional site in Beltsville, Maryland.  Beginning April 1, 2004, the Commission will no longer be utilizing the locations in Annapolis, Hyattsville and Rockville.  The address of the new site is 4780 Corridor Place, Suite D, Beltsville, Maryland  20705.  Please note our regional hearing sites do not open until 9:00 a.m.

 Please note that online/Internet mapping sites do not present current information.  See map link March 25/30 above or
Adjudication/Claims > Hearing Site Locations.