WSR 07-24-040

INTERPRETIVE AND POLICY STATEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed November 30, 2007, 9:42 a.m. ]

In accordance with RCW 34.05.230(12), following are the policy and interpretive statements issued by the department regarding the insurance services division policies.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Josh Swanson at (360) 902-6805.

Insurance Services: Office of the Medical Director, State Fund Claims Administration, Self Insurance, and Crime Victims

Repeal Policy: PB 02-12 Rating Permanent Impairment.

This provider bulletin has been deleted. Current information can be found at http://www.lni.wa.gov/IPUB/252-001-000.pdf.

Contact Cecilia Maskell, P.O. Box 44322, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-5161.


Policy 5.74 Department of Social and Health Services and Office of Financial Recovery Liens.

This is a new policy. This policy combines information from and replaces policies 5.73 and 5.75.

Contact Suzy Campbell, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4583.

Insurance Services Employer Services, State Fund Claims Administration

Amends Policy A.02 Documents Stored in Employer Services Employer File.

Policy points #1a and #2 were updated to reflect the change to using the ORION computer application.

Contact Jo Anne Smith, P.O. Box 44140, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4777.


Repeal Policy 5.73 Division of Child Support Liens.

This policy has been replaced by Policy 5.74.

Contact Suzy Campbell, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4583.


Repeal Policy 5.75 Office of Financial Recovery Liens.

This policy has been replaced by Policy 5.74.

Contact Suzy Campbell, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4583.


Repeal Policy 7.06 Authorizing Worker Participation in Pain Programs.

This policy has been deleted. The information can be found in other reference materials.

Contact Suzy Campbell, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4583.


Repeal Policy 7.13 Authorizing Obesity Treatment.

This policy has been deleted. The information can be found in other reference materials.

Contact Suzy Campbell, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4583.


Repeal Policy 7.22 Authorizing Post-Acute Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs.

This policy has been deleted. The information can be found in other reference materials.

Contact Suzy Campbell, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4583.


Amend Policy 13.05 Scheduling Independent Medical Examinations.

This policy has been updated for clarity and to remove information that is available in other reference materials.

Contact Suzy Campbell, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4583.


Amend Policy 13.06 Reimbursing Workers for Wages Lost to Attend an Independent Medical Examination or Closing Examination.

Policy point #2 was updated to add the word "miscellaneous" to clarify which fund benefits will be paid from.

Contact Suzy Campbell, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4583.


Amend Policy 13.07 Failure to Appear for Independent Medical Examination.

This policy has been updated for clarity.

Contact Suzy Campbell, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4583.


Amend Policy 60.02 Authorizing Employer Representative Access to Department Information.

Policy point #3 was updated to reflect the change to using the ORION computer application.

Contact Jo Anne Smith, P.O. Box 44140, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4777.


Amend Policy 60.03 Release of Employer Information.

The policy was updated to remove the Note to see the Field Audit Task under #1 bullet point 3.

Contact Jo Anne Smith, P.O. Box 44140, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4777.


Amend Policy 61.04 Processing Applications for Elective Coverage.

Policy point #5a was updated to reflect the change to using the ORION computer application.

Contact Jo Anne Smith, P.O. Box 44140, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4777.


Amend Policy 63.60 Determining Policy Effective/Business Active Dates.

One of the notes was removed under policy point #1 to reflect the change to using the ORION computer application.

Contact Jo Anne Smith, P.O. Box 44140, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4777.


Amend Policy A.01 Using RMES/CMES.

Policy point #2 was removed.

Contact Jo Anne Smith, P.O. Box 44140, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-4777.

Specialty Compliance Services, Employment Standards

Amend Policy ES C.2 Hours Worked.

As a result of the Washington supreme court decision regarding travel time in company vehicles in Brink's Home Security v. Agnich and Goakey, Docket #79815-0 issued October 18, 2007, former paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 5 of Section 2 of this policy were rescinded effective November 28, 2007. L&I is working to update the policy to reflect the Brink's decision, but until the policy is updated, this portion of the travel time policy is pending. Please refer to the Brink's decision regarding travel time when employees are driving company vehicles to and from home and work.

Contact Janice Kerns, P.O. Box 44510, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-5316.

Josh Swanson

Washington State Code Reviser's Office