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The Commission's web will be unavailable Tuesday, July 31, 2007 beginning at 3:30 p.m. for approximately one hour.   
We apologize for the inconvenience and urge all to plan accordingly.

July 30Please note that the August 9, 2007 MD WCC Commission Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m.
July 25

Effective July 16, 2007, COMAR was amended to increase the time period used in calculating an injured employee's average weekly wage from 13 weeks to 14 weeks.  This bulletin addresses the application of this revision to claims for compensation filed before and after the effective date of the regulatory revision.

In any claim filed with the Commission on or after 12:01 A.M. July 16, 2007, the Commission will calculate the injured employee's average weekly wage based upon a 14-week time period, exclusive of the employee's earnings between his or her last paycheck and the date of injury. 

In any claim filed on or before 12:00 A.M. July 16, 2007, the Commission will calculate the injured employee's average weekly wage based upon a 13-week time period, which shall consist of the 13 seven-day periods immediately preceding the date of accident in which the claimant actually worked.

Any questions regarding the application of this amendment should be directed to Michael Galey, Secretary for the Commission.

July 17

Notice of Final Action
On June 14, 2007, the Workers' Compensation Commission adopted amendments to Regulation .07 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 34:9 Md. R. 834 (April 27, 2007), has been adopted as proposed.  Effective Date: July 16, 2007
Full text of the regulation with changes is posted to our Regulatory Changes page.

July 9Insurer Designee Listing is available - To assist our customers and help them to efficiently contact the insurer providing their workers' compensation benefits, the Workers' Compensation Commission has clarified and simplified its regulations on the qualifications and availability of disputed claims representatives of insurers and self-insurers in the State of Maryland.
In accordance with COMAR, the Commission requires all insurers that provide workers' compensation insurance in Maryland to register an Insurer Designee with the Commission who can provide the name of the competent individual handling and adjusting each disputed claim. The Insurer Designee does not have knowledge of claim status but rather is required, upon inquiry, to provide the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the competent individual handling and adjusting the claim.  When requested, this information must be provided within two (2) business days.

You can find out who is handling your claim by contacting the Insurer Designee registered with this Commission for the insurer handling your claim.  We have made a list of all registered Insurer Designees available on our web site as a searchable Adobe Reader document.  This document lists all insurers alphabetically by name. The contact information provided includes an e-mail address, Maryland local or toll-free telephone number, and the Designee's name provided to the Commission by the insurer.
The current Insurer Designee Listing (link) displaying those in compliance with provision of information is located in the General Information menu.
July 3The Annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) document is updated with calendar year 2008 rates.  This is posted to our Workers' Compensation Rates page.