(a) A party may, by written motion pursuant to N.J.A.C. 12:235-3.5(a) and (b), move against an employer, insurance carrier, petitioner, case attorney or any other party to a claim petition for enforcement of any court order or for the enforcement of the requirements of the workers' compensation statute or rules.
(b) The motion under (a) above shall identify the order, statute or regulation sought to be enforced.
(c) The party against whom the motion has been brought shall file a written response to the motion within 14 calendar days of the notice of motion.
(d) The response under (c) above shall include the reasons for any noncompliance and the manner and time period to ensure compliance.
(e) Any time after the 14-day period to respond under (c) above has elapsed and on notice to the parties, the judge shall hold a hearing on the motion.
(f) A judge on his or her own motion may at any time, upon notice to the affected parties, move to enforce a court order or to enforce the requirements of the workers' compensation statute or rules.
(g) Prior to ruling on a motion under (f) above, the judge shall provide the parties an opportunity to respond to the motion and to be heard on the record.
(h) Upon a finding by a judge of noncompliance with a court order or the workers' compensation statute or rules, the judge, in addition to any other remedy provided by law, may take any or all of the following actions:
1. Impose costs and simple interest on any monies due.
i. The judge may impose an additional assessment not to exceed 25 percent on any moneys due if the judge finds the payment delay to be unreasonable;
2. Levy fines or other penalties on parties or case attorneys in an amount not to exceed $ 5,000 for unreasonable delay or continued noncompliance.
i. A fine shall be imposed by the judge as a form of pecuniary punishment.
ii. A penalty shall be imposed by the judge to reimburse the Division's administrative costs.
iii. The proceeds under this paragraph shall be paid into the Second Injury Fund;
3. Close proofs, dismiss a claim or suppress a defense as to any party;
4. Exclude evidence or witnesses;
5. Take other appropriate case-related action to ensure compliance; and/or
6. Allow a reasonable counsel fee to a prevailing party, where supported by an affidavit of services.
(i) Upon a finding by a judge of noncompliance by a party with a court order or the workers' compensation law or rules, the judge, in addition to any
other remedy provided by law, may hold a separate hearing on the issue of contempt.
(j) Following a hearing under (i) above and upon a finding by the judge of contempt, the successful party in the contempt hearing or the judge may file a motion with the Superior Court for contempt action.
(k) Any fine, penalty, assessment or cost imposed by a judge under this section shall be paid by the entity or party found to be in noncompliance and shall not be included in the expense base of an insurance carrier for the purpose of determining rates or as a reimbursement or case expense.