Employers Need Streamlined Workers Comp Process
While lawmakers have submitted several proposals on workers’ compensation, there’s one fix we encourage lawmakers to focus on: streamlining the process for employers.
Last year, the legislature passed a law that expedited the process for municipalities by requiring workers’ compensation claims to be filed with the Town Clerk’s office.
We’d like the same change for employers to ensure that a specific person within a business–perhaps the human resources director–receives the claim form, and that it does not end up lost in the mailroom or elsewhere.
This is key because employers have just 28 days to respond to a workers’ comp claim.
If the claim gets lost because it wasn’t filed with the right person, an employer is forced to accept the claim with no ability to contest it.
That’s why it’s vital to have a process in place to get the claim to a specific person or office so the employer can respond in a timely manner.
This is a straightforward fix that meets the needs of our employers. We encourage its adoption.
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