Commission Moving Forward With Proposed Mediation Mandate

Last week, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission confirmed they will propose regulations to mandate mediation in some cases with the purpose of establishing a defined mechanism to resolve disputes without the necessity of a hearing. This measure also allows a commissioner to order the same of any disputed claim The idea was first introduced in Fall 2011 during meetings of the Mediation Committee October 28 and December 2.  To view the Proposed Mediation Regulation (Reg. 67-1801) and Forms 21, 50, 51 and 70, click here.
A related article recently published by Work Comp Central can be viewed by clicking here.
The timeline for the proposed regulations is as follows:

February 24, 2012 Regulation will be published in the State Register
March 26, 2012Deadline for any comments
March 26, 2012Called meeting of Full Commission for approval of regulation language
May 29, 2012Public hearing on regulation
May 29, 2012Called meeting of full Commission for approval
May 30, 2012Submission to General Assembly

This update provided by SC Workers’ Compensation Educational Association website posting. We acknowledge and thank the Association for their service.

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