Pennsylvania BWC's 21-Day Compliance Report For Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2010 Now Available


Pittsburgh, PA ( - The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, Section 406.1(a)(c), requires insurers and self-insured employers to either make first payment or deny a claim no later than 21 days after the employer has notice or knowledge of the claimant's disability. Additionally, the Rules and Regulations require a form to accept or deny a claim be sent to the claimant, or the claimant's dependent, and the bureau no later than 21 days after the employer has notice or knowledge of the claimant's disability.



Since 1999, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation has been monitoring the 21-day compliance rate of insurers and self-insured employers. The bureau's formula for calculating 21-day compliance is to compare the file date of the Notice of Compensation Payable, Agreement for Compensation, Denial or Temporary Notice of Compensation Payable against the Employer Notified Date or the Date Disability Began from the First Report of Injury, using the later of the two (to account for delayed disability situations). The bureau then selects one random quarter per year, as a sampling, to complete this comparison and determine an insurer/self-insurer's compliance rating.



The 2010 report was drawn from the reporting period of Oct. 1, 2010 – Dec. 31, 2010. It identifies each insurer and self-insured employer by name, bureau code, number of claims filed in the reporting period and the percentage of compliance. The report lists a statewide industry average of 72 percent and is offered alphabetically for comparative purposes.


The bureau's goal is to provide ongoing information to the public regarding individual and industry-wide success in meeting the filing requirements under the Act. Bureau of Workers' Compensation staff are available to offer guidance and ongoing support to all companies with regard to filing requirements.

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