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Listings below are for informational purposes only.  Official posts of proposed regulatory changes are available from the Maryland Register; the most recent eight (8) issues are available.  Current versions of WCC regulations may be obtained from the official source: Maryland Division of State Documents, COMAR Online.  All links below will open a new browser/tab when they direct you to a new web site.

Incorporation for Reference locations                        COMAR Online                         Maryland Register Online


The following linked documents are provided for your use as a courtesy of the Commission. This is an UNOFFICIAL version of the regulations. The Code of Maryland Regulations is available at www.dsd.state.md.us.
Note, however, that the printed COMAR continues to be the only official and enforceable version of COMAR.

New COMAR 14.09 Information                Where did the new regulations come from?               Where did the old reguations go?
SUBJECT OF REGULATIONSLINK
14.09.01 [Procedural Regulations] General Administrative
Authority: Health-General Article, §4-303; Labor and Employment Article, §§9-307, 9-309, 9-310.2, 9-314, 9-404, 9-405, 9-410, 9-603, 9-625, 9-635, 9-689, 9-701, 9-709, 9-710, 9-711, 9-721, 9-731, 9-739, and 9-6A-07; Insurance Article, §§19-405 and 19-406; State Government Article, §10-1103; Annotated Code of Maryland
Effective Date:  March 3, 2014.  
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On February 4, 2014, the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission adopted the following:

(1) Amended and recodified existing Regulation .01 under COMAR 14.09.01;
(2) Amended and recodified existing Regulation .02 under COMAR 14.09.01;
(3) Amended and recodified existing Regulation .03 under COMAR 14.09.01 to be Regulation .10 under COMAR 14.09.01;
(4) Amended and recodified existing Regulation .04 under COMAR 14.09.01 to be Regulation .03 under COMAR 14.09.01;
(5) Amended and recodified existing Regulation .31B under COMAR 14.09.01 to be Regulation .04 under COMAR 14.09.01;
(6) Amended and recodified existing Regulation .31A under COMAR 14.09.01 to be Regulation .05 under COMAR 14.09.01;
(7) Recodified existing Regulation .29 under COMAR 14.09.01 to be Regulation .06 under COMAR 14.09.01;
(8) New Regulation .07 under COMAR 14.09.01;
(9) Amended and recodified existing Regulation .30 under COMAR 14.09.01 to be Regulation .08 under COMAR 14.09.01; and
(10) New Regulation .09 under COMAR 14.09.01.

This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:24 Md. R. 2005-2052 (12/2/2013), has been adopted as proposed. 

 
14.09.04 Legal Representation and Fees
14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
Effective Date:  March 3, 2014.  
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On January 23, 2014, the Workers' Compensation Commission adopted COMAR 14.09.04 - Legal Representation and Fees.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:23 Md. R. 1965-1967 (November 15, 2013), has been adopted as proposed. 


14.09.10 Settlements and Lump Sum Payments
14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
Authority: Labor and Employment Article, §§9-309, 9-701, and 9-722, Annotated Code of Maryland
Effective Date:  March 3, 2014.  
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On January 23, 2014, the Workers' Compensation Commission adopted COMAR 14.09.10 Settlements and Lump Sum Payments to clarify that a copy of the settlement worksheet must be submitted with the settlement, clarify certain requirements concerning contingency language contained in settlement agreements and specify that foreign documents shall comply with the authentication requirements specified in regulation.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:23 Md. R. 1964-1965 (November 15, 2013), has been adopted as proposed. 


14.09.11 Judicial Review Procedures
Status: Proposed
Authority: Labor and Employment Article, §§9-309, 9-701, 9-731(c) and (d), 9-737, and 9-739, Annotated Code of Maryland
Effective Date:  March 3, 2014.  
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On January 23, 2013, the Workers' Compensation Commission adopted new regulations governing the procedures prescribed for the filing of a petition for judicial review by a party to a claim, the procedures for obtaining a transcript of the Commission proceedings, the procedures for supplementing the record on appeal, and the procedures for notifying the Commission of the disposition of the case by the Circuit and Appellate Courts.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:23 Md. R. 1975-1976 (November 15, 2013), has been adopted as proposed.

 
14.09.05 Uninsured Employers’ Fund Claims
14.09.07 Vocational Rehabilitation Practitioners
Status: Final
Authority: Labor and Employment Article, §§9-309, 9-6A-04, 9-6A-07, and 9-1002, Annotated Code of Maryland
Effective Date:  March 3, 2014.  
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On January 23, 2014, the Workers' Compensation Commission adopted COMAR 14.09.05 Uninsured Employers' Fund Claims which clarifies certain forms to be filed and certain procedures for seeking payment from the Uninsured Employers' Fund; and COMAR 14.09.07 Vocational Rehabilitation Providers (recodified without amendment).  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:23 Md. R. 1973-1975 (November 15, 2013), has been adopted as proposed. 


14.09.04 Guide for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment
14.09.09 Guide for Evaluation of Permanent Disability
Status: Final
Authority: Labor and Employment Article, §§ 9-309; 9-701, 9-721 and 9-731 Annotated Code of Maryland
Effective Date:  March 3, 2014.  
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On January 23, 2014, the Workers' Compensation Commission adopted COMAR 14.09.09 - Guide for Evaluation of Permanent Disability - concerning permanent disability.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:23 Md. R. 1972-1973 (November 15, 2013), has been adopted as proposed. 

 
14.09.03 Hearing Procedures
Status: Final
Effective Date:  March 3, 2014.  
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On January 23, 2014, the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission adopted new Regulations .01 - .15 under COMAR 14.09.03.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:23 Md. R. 1901-2004 (November 15, 2013), has been adopted with the nonsubstantive changes below. 

.02 Filing and Withdrawing Issues.
A. —I.
(proposed text unchanged)
J.
[[Prior to filing issues, the filing party shall possess relevant documentation to the issues to be filed, including medical documentation.K.]] A party who fails to comply with this regulation, or causes unreasonable delay without good cause, may be subject to an assessment of costs and reasonable attorney fees under Labor and Employment Article, §9-734, Annotated Code of Maryland.

.09 Hearing Exhibits and Witnesses.
A.—F.
(proposed text unchanged)

G. Expert Testimony.
(1)—(3)
(proposed text unchanged)

[[(4) If a vocational rehabilitation counselor is called as an expert witness, the employer/insurer shall be responsible for any fees charged by the expert for appearing and testifying.]]


14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
14.09.06 Payment of Awards and Assessments and Termination of Benefits.
Status: Final
Effective Date:  March 3, 2014.  
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On January 23, 2014, the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission adopted new Regulations .01 - .04 under COMAR 14.09.06.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:23 Md. R. 1901-2004 (November 15, 2013), has been adopted with the nonsubstantive changes below. 

.04 Termination of Temporary Total Disability and Medical Benefits.

A.—B. (proposed text unchanged)C. Termination of Medical Benefits.
(1) (proposed text unchanged)
(2) Written notice of the date that medical benefits will be terminated shall[[:
(a) Include the reasons for terminating the medical benefits;
(b)
I]] include a statement that the claimant has the right to request a hearing before the Commission on the issue of termination. [[; and
(c) Be supported by a medical record or report attached to the notice]].
(3) (proposed text unchanged)


14.09.02 Requirements for Filing and Amending Claims
14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
Status: Final
Authority: Labor and Employment Article §§9-309, 9-701, 9-709, 9-710 and 9-711, Annotated Code of Maryland
Effective Date:  March 3, 2014.  
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On January 23, 2014, the Workers' Compensation Commission adopted COMAR 14.09.02 Requirements for Filing and Amending Claims.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:23 Md. R. 1901-2004 (November 15, 2013), has been adopted as proposed. 


14.09.12 Responsibilities of Insurers
14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
14.09.06 Local Office Requirements of Insurers
Status: Final
Authority: Labor and Employment Article, §§9-309, 9-404, 9-405, 9-409, 9-410, and 9-744; Insurance Article, §19-406; Annotated Code of Maryland
Effective Date:  March 3, 2014.  
COMAR Online
PDF Version
On January 23, 2014, the Workers' Compensation Commission adopted as COMAR 14.09.12 certain provisions of 14.09.06 (formerly Local Office Requirements for Insurers) and certain provisions of 14.09.01 (formerly Procedural Regulations) so as to create a chapter of thematically organized regulations concerning the responsibilities of insurers.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 40:23 Md. R. 1959-1960 (November 15, 2013), has been adopted as proposed. 
14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
.07 Average Weekly Wage
Status: Final
Effective Date: October 15, 2012

PDF Version

On September 13, 2012, the Workers’ Compensation Commission adopted amendments to Regulation .07 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations to establish a clear procedure and time line for determining the average weekly wage. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:15 Md. R. 1007—1008 (July 27, 2012), has been adopted as proposed.


14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
.24 Attorney’s Fee and Medical Evaluation Fee - Application or Petition for Approval
Status: Final
Effective Date: August 20, 2012

PDF Version

On July 19, 2012, the Workers’ Compensation Commission adopted amendments to Regulation .24 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:10 Md. R. 669—670 (May 18, 2012), has been adopted as proposed.


14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
.20 Independent Medical Examinations
Status: Withdrawn
 
The Workers’ Compensation Commission withdraws the proposal to amend Regulation .20 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations as published in 39:9 Md. R. 621—622 (May 4, 2012).
14.09.06 Local Office Requirements for Insurers
.05 Appeal
Status:  Final 
Effective Date: July 23, 2012
COMAR Online
PDF Version
On June 28, 2012, the Workers' Compensation Commission adopted amendments to Regulation .05 under COMAR 14.09.06 Local Office Requirements for Insurers to remove COMAR 14.09.06.05B, which requires an appellant's attorney to send a copy of a petition for judicial review to the Attorney General representing the Commission if the issue being appealed is the award of attorney's fees. This provision is being removed from this chapter so that it may be transferred and recodified into a more thematically appropriate chapter.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:9 Md. R. 622 (May 4, 2012), has been adopted as proposed.
14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
.19 Agreements for Final Compromise and Settlement
Status: Final
Effective Date April 16, 2012
COMAR Online
PDF Version
On March 22, 2012, the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission took final action and adopted an amendment to Regulation .19 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations.  This amendment requires that certain additional information (date of disablement) be included in a settlement agreement so that the Commission may properly evaluate the proposed settlement.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 39:2 Md. R. 212-213 (January 27, 2012) has been adopted as proposed.


14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
.06 Requirements for Filing and Amending Claims and .06-1 Death and Funeral Benefits.
Status: Final
Effective Date: March 19, 2012
COMAR Online
PDF Version
On February 23, 2012, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission took final action and adopted amendments to Regulation .06 and new Regulation .06-1 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations to implement the statutory changes made by the General Assembly in Ch. 436, Acts of 2011. These statutory changes, effective October 1, 2011, concern the death benefits paid to surviving dependents. The law also enables counties and municipal governments to opt into the new death benefits scheme. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 38:27 Md. R. 1781—1782 (December 30, 2011), has been adopted as proposed.

14.09.03 Guide of Medical and Surgical Fees
.03 Calculation of Maximum Reimbursement Allowable.
Status:  Final
Effective Date:  March 5, 2012
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On February 9, 2012, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission took final action to adopt amendments to Regulation .03 under COMAR 14.09.03 Guide of Medical and Surgical Fees to modify the medical fee schedule to reflect the current practice of calculating and publishing the yearly Maryland specific conversion factors by December 1 of each year so that insurers may implement the new reimbursement rates by January 1.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 38:26 Md. R. 1735 (December 16, 2011), has been adopted as proposed. 


14.09.03 Guide of Medical and Surgical Fees
.01 and .04, and  Regulation .09

Status: Withdrawn

The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission has withdrawn its proposal to amend Regulations .01 and .04 and adopt new Regulation .09 under COMAR 14.09.03 Guide of Medical and Surgical Fees to establish a uniform fee or pricing schedule for reimbursing prescription drugs required to treat an injured covered employee irrespective of the identity of the person or entity that dispenses the prescription drug, as published in 38:24 Md. R. 1541 (November 18, 2011).
 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
.01 and .19 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
Status: Final
Effective November 28, 2011
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On October 27, 2011, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission took final action and adopted amendments to Regulation .01 and Regulation .19 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations to clarify the procedures for reviewing settlements to ensure compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payer Act when settling claims involving future medical benefits.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 38:19 Md. R. 1167-1168 (September 9, 2011), has been adopted as proposed.


14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
.05 Notices of Insurance, Cancellation, Reinstatement, and Election of Coverage
Status: Final
Effective: May 16, 2011
COMAR Online
PDF Version

On April 14, 2011, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission took final action and adopted amendments to Regulation .05 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations to comply with the statutorily mandated notice requirement set forth in Insurance Article, §19-406, Annotated Code of Maryland.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 38:3 Md. R. 207 (January 28, 2011), has been adopted as proposed.


14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
.06 Requirements for Filing and Amending Claims
Status: Final
Effective: March 21, 2011
COMAR Online
PDF Version
On February 24, 2011, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission took final action and adopted amendments to Regulation .06 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations to remove the employee’s average weekly wage as a mandatory element required to process a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 38:1 Md. R. 58-59 (January 3, 2011), has been adopted as proposed.

14.09.02 Governmental Group Self-Insurance
.01 Definitions
Status: Final
Effective: March 7, 2011
COMAR Online
PDF Version
On February 10, 2011, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission took final action and adopted the recodification of existing Regulation .01 to be new .01-1, new Regulations .01, .05, and .08-.11, and the repeal of existing Regulations .05 and .08 under COMAR 14.09.02 Government Group Self-Insurance.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 37:25 Md. R. 1749-1752 (December 3, 2010), has been adopted as proposed

14.09.01 Procedural Regulations
.25 Attorney's Fees
COMAR Online

Status: Final
Effective Date: July 26, 2010

The purpose of this action is to clarify the amounts included when calculating attorney's fees and to specify the calculation of attorney's fees in claims where there is an increase in compensation resulting from an increase in permanent partial disability or settlement.


14.09.05 Vocational Rehabilitation Practitioners
Amended Regulations: .01 and .04 — .07
New Regulations: .08 — .12
COMAR 12.09.05

Status: Final
Effective Date: April 20, 2010

The purpose of this action is to define certain terms and to clarify the procedures for obtaining vocational rehabilitation services and the standards of practice for vocational rehabilitation practitioners. Click here to Instructions.


COMAR 14.09.01 - Procedural Regulations
.25 Schedule of Attorneys' Fees
Click for COMAR: 14.09

Status: Final
Effective Date: January 14, 2010.
The purpose of this action is to codify the calculations utilized by the Commission in determining allowable attorney's fees in workers' compensation claims that are resolved by a settlement agreement.

COMAR 14.09.05 - Vocational Rehabilitation Practitioners
 .06 Complaints Against Providers of Voc Rehab Services.
COMAR Online

Status: Final
Effective Date: November 17, 2008
This action updates the address of the Commission for complaints against providers of voc rehab services.

INCORPORATION FOR REFERENCE LOCATIONS            Back to top
  • Law Library,  University of Baltimore (Baltimore) 410-837-4559
  • State Library Resource Center (Annapolis) 410-260-1430
  • MD Department of Legislative Reference Library  (Annapolis) 410-946-5400
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore) 410-396-1789
  • MD State Archives (Annapolis) 410-260-6400
  • Marshall Law Library,  University of Maryland School of Law (Baltimore) 410-706-0783
  • Albin O. Kuhn Library,  University of Maryland Baltimore County (Catonsville) 410-455-2358
  • Towson University Albert S. Cook Library (Towson) 410-830-2462
  • Southern MD Regional Library (Charlotte Hall) 301-934-9442
  • McKeldin Library,  University of Maryland  (College Park) 301-405-9210
  • Frostburg State University, Lewis J. Ort Library (Frostburg) 301-687-4426
  • Government Reference Service of Washington County Free Library (Hagerstown) 301-739-3250
  • Montgomery County Public Library (Rockville) 301-217-3885
  • Prince George’s Community College Library (Largo) 301-322-0468
  • Frederick Douglass Library, University of MD., Eastern Shore (Princess Anne) 410-651-7540
  • Salisbury State University Blackwell Library (Salisbury) 410-543-6234
  • Library of Congress,  Exchange & Gift Division (Washington, DC) 202-707-9470
Version February 2010