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287.650. Division to make rules and regulations - power to destroy reports, when - rules. -

1. The division of workers' compensation shall have such powers as may be necessary to carry out all the provisions of this chapter including the use of electronic processes, and it may make such rules and regulations as may be necessary for any such purpose, subject to the approval of the labor and industrial relations commission of Missouri. The division shall have power to strike pleadings and enter awards against any party or parties who fail or refuse to comply with its lawful orders.

2. (1) The division shall have the power upon the expiration of five years after their receipt to destroy reports of injuries on which no compensation (exclusive of medical costs) was due or paid, together with the papers attendant to the filing of such reports, and also to destroy records in compensable cases after the expiration of ten years from the date of the termination of compensation.

(2) Records in cases that are submitted for hearing in the division shall include all documentary exhibits admitted as evidence at the hearing. Records in all other cases shall include all documents required to be filed with the division by this chapter or by rule of the division, medical reports or records which are relied upon by the administrative law judge or legal advisor in approving the compromise lump sum settlement, and copies of the compromise lump sum settlement. These records shall be kept and stored by the division for a minimum of ten years and shall include the originals or duplicate originals stored by electronic or other means approved by the division.

3. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated under the authority of this section shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to the provisions of section 536.024.

(RSMo 1939 § 3751, A.L. 1949 p. 627, A.L. 1961 p. 430, A.L. 1980 H.B. 1396, A.L. 1993 S.B. 251, A.L. 1995 S.B. 3, A.L. 1998 H.B. 1237, et al., A.L. 2012 H.B. 1540)

Prior revision: 1929 § 3361


Rules to be filed with secretary of state, when effective, Chap. 536

(1978) Held that a referee (now administrative law judge) may dismiss a workmen's compensation claim for want of prosecution. Cade v. Bendix Corporation (A.), 564 S.W.2d 608.

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