California Division Of Workers’ Compensation Issues 15-Day Notice Of Revisions To Proposed EAMS Regulations

                               

Oakland, CA  (CompNewsNetwork) - The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has modified the proposed three sets of regulations to implement the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS): court administrator regulations, Disability Evaluation Unit (DEU) regulations and Retraining and Return to Work Unit (RRTW) regulations, and posted a 15-day notice of revisions on its Web site. Members of the public may comment on the revisions until 5 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2008. The proposed revisions to the draft regulations include the following modifications:

  • Minor changes in the format of the forms
  • Clarifications regarding the filing requirements
  • A uniform names requirement: In order to ensure case parties and documents are accurately associated to the correct electronic adjudication file, uniform names for claims administrators' offices and representatives' offices (any office location for a law firm, lawyer or representative of a party or lien claimant) shall be used when filing documents in EAMS. The names will be assigned by the DWC
  • If a document is not accepted for filing in EAMS, the document will either be corrected, or a notice of document discrepancy will be sent to the filer
  • Once the claim has been accepted, only lien claimants with a claim of $25,000 or more are required to appear at hearings. Lien claimants not defined as a party with liens of less than $25,000 shall be available by telephone with settlement authority
  •  An exemption from the regulations has been added if a document is filed with EAMS as part of the electronic filing trial.

Further information and the modified proposals can be found at http:/ /www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/EAMS_regulations/EAMS_regulations.htm.

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