ALERT REGARDING FILING OF THE CC-FORM-2A AND CC-FORM-4
To: Workers’ Compensation Insurance Carriers, Self-Insured Employers, Group Self-Insurance Associations, CompSource Oklahoma, Third-Party Administrators, Injured Workers, Attorneys, Other Interested Persons
From: Rick Farmer, Executive Director
Date: February 21, 2014
This alert is issued to clarify that the CC-Form-2A (Employer’s Notice of Intent to Accept or Controvert Claim) and CC-Form 4 (Report of Compensation Paid/Suspension of Payments) only relate to injuries or deaths occurring on or after February 1, 2014.
DO NOT FILE EITHER FORM IF THE INJURY OR DEATH OCCURRED BEFORE FEBRUARY 1, 2014.
Oklahoma Supreme Court Finds New Compensation Law Not Log Rolling
OKLAHOMA CITY—December 17, 2013
The Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law, sparking jubilation among many Oklahoma government and business leaders. Opponents challenged the law on multiple grounds, but the Supreme Court's majority opinion focused on the allegation that the new law could violate a constitutional prohibition against covering multiple subjects in a single bill — a practice commonly referred to as logrolling. The court rejected that claim.
The Court found it was premature to rule on the constitutionality of individual provisions. Three justices did express concerns about opt-out provisions in the law. They indicated those opt-out provisions may not pass constitutional muster if future constitutional challenges are made once administrative rules have been developed and implemented.
Despite those cautions, backers of the new law clearly were thrilled by the ruling.
“These reforms create a new and modern system that protects workers and is fair to Oklahoma businesses,” said House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton. “The archaic and confrontational system this state has relied on in the past did little for workers, hurt business and only benefited the handful that profited from such a dysfunctional system. This ruling ensures Oklahoma is moving in the right direction.”
The new law phases out the state's judicial workers' compensation system and replaces it with an administrative system which will go into effect in February of 2014.