PA 08-3—sSB 57

Labor and Public Employees Committee

AN ACT REQUIRING THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION TO PROVIDE INJURED EMPLOYEES THE FORMS NECESSARY FOR FILING A CLAIM

SUMMARY: This act requires the Workers' Compensation Commission (WCC) to provide an injured employee with a workers' compensation claim form within five business days after it receives a first report of injury for that employee from an employer, employer's insurance carrier, or employer's representative.

The form, known as a 30C, can be provided in person or sent by mail to the employee's current address on file with the employer.

By law, (1) any employee injured in the course of work must immediately notify his or her employer and (2) employers must file weekly first reports of injury with the WCC documenting any injuries that result in an employee missing work for at least one day.

By law, if a compensation commissioner determines that an employer failed to file a timely first report of injury, the commissioner can increase the employee's compensation award proportionate to the prejudice the employee suffered due to the delay. The act also permits such an increase in award if the employer's representative fails to file a timely report of injury.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008

BACKGROUND

Form 30C

By filing a 30C form regarding a work related injury, an employee secures his or her rights to potential compensation under the state Workers' Compensation Act. By law, the injured employee has one year from the date of accident or injury or three years after the first manifestation of an occupational disease, as the case may be, to file a claim form with the WCC (CGS 31-294c).

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