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July 2012 Notices     Go back to Notices
We are closed Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.  We open for business at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 5th.
27 The Workers' Compensation Commission proposes to amend Regulation .07 under COMAR 14.09.01 Procedural Regulations.  This action was considered at a public meeting held on June 14, 2012, notice of which was given by publication in 39:9 Md.R. 636 (May 4, 2012) pursuant to State Government Article, 10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.  The purpose of this action is to establish a clear procedure and timeline for determining the average weekly wage. Specifically, that the average weekly wage be adjudicated at the first hearing before the Commission, and that if the Commission finds that an inaccurate weekly wage resulted in an overpayment or under payment of benefits the Commission may order a credit against future permanent disability benefits, the payment of additional compensation or any other relief the Commission determines is appropriate.  See the Regulatory Changes page for more information.
13 Changes to COMAR Local Office Requirements for Insurers - Appeal are adopted as proposed and effective July 23, 2012.  See the Regulatory Changes page for more information.
11 Workers' Compensation Appeals is updated.

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Calendar Year 2013:  Section 9-638 of the Labor and Employment Article provides for an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for compensation paid under Subtitle V to covered employees with a permanent total disability.  The COLA provision became effective January 1, 1988 and is only payable for an accidental injury or occupational disease sustained on or after January 1, 1988.

The cost of living adjustment effective on January 1, 2013 is 3.2%.  See MD Compensation Rates for more information

1 All hearings scheduled at our Beltsville site: Monday, July 2, 2012  are canceled due to a power outage.  All other locations' business will proceed as scheduled.  We will update Beltsville site status on our home page, Twitter and RSS feed when further information is available.
   Save the Date - The 28th Annual Maryland Workers' Compensation Educational Association Conference, October 14-17, 2012,
 Clarion Resort, Ocean City, Maryland. For more information visit or call (240) 206-6007.
  NCCI's 2012 Maryland State Advisory Forum is Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore at the Inner Harbor: 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202  A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m.

This year NCCI will continue to focus on state-specific workers' compensation information and plan to speak in greater detail on:

- State system cost drivers
- Proposed/enacted state and federal legislation
- NCCI studies and economic information
- The residual market

If you have not already registered for the Maryland State Advisory Forum, please click here to begin the registration process:
State Advisory Forum Online Registration

You can also contact NCCI's Customer Service Center at 800-NCCI-123 (800-622-4123) and select option seven from the automated menu. One of our customer service representatives will process your registration and send you a confirmation within 24 hours.