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      RS 23:1291.1     

  

§1291.1. Annual reports; assessment; collection

            A.(1) All insurers and employers that have paid Louisiana workers' compensation benefits shall provide a report annually to the office of workers' compensation administration on a form provided by the office showing the amount of actual Louisiana workers' compensation benefits paid in the previous calendar year. The report shall be provided no later than April thirtieth of each year.

            (2) As used herein, "insurer" shall include insurance companies, group self-insurers, and individual self-insurers, and "workers' compensation benefits" shall include all benefits paid in satisfaction of an employer's workers' compensation obligation as provided for by this Chapter, regardless of the source or designation, minus all sums of any nature received during the previous calendar year from the Louisiana Second Injury Fund or from third parties with the exception of recoveries made by reinsurers.

            B. The annual reports as required by Subsection A of this Section shall be used by the office as the base figure for computing an assessment on the insurers and employers required to file the annual reports. Such assessments shall be a percentage of the amount reported in the annual reports.

            C.(1) The assistant secretary of the office of workers' compensation administration shall provide by regulation for the collection of the amounts assessed against each insurer and employer. Collection of funds under the provisions of this Subsection shall be accomplished by the office of workers' compensation administration, the amount collected to be determined by the assistant secretary. Such amounts shall be paid into the Office of Workers' Compensation Administrative Fund within thirty days from the date that notice is served upon such insurer or employer.

            (2) If the assessment is not paid by the due date for payment there may be assessed, for each thirty days, or a fraction thereof, the amount assessed remains unpaid, a civil penalty equal to twenty percent of the unpaid assessment excluding any penalty assessed for late filing, which shall be due and collected at the same time as the unpaid part of the amount assessed. This penalty shall be in addition to any penalty assessed for late filing.

            (3) If any insurer or employer fails to provide an annual report by April thirtieth, and such report is later found to be required, there may be assessed civil penalties. The penalties shall be a percentage of the assessment as determined on the properly completed report and shall be calculated as follows:

            (a) Ten percent per month, or fraction thereof, until June thirtieth.

            (b) Twenty percent per month, or fraction thereof, after June thirtieth.

            (4) The assessment and any penalties provided for in this Section shall be regarded as any other money judgment and may be pursued for collection as prescribed by law for any other such remedy.

            D. If any insurer or employer fails to pay the amounts assessed against it under the provisions of this Section within sixty days from the time such notice is served upon it, or fails to provide the report required under Subsection A of this Section within sixty days of the date due the commissioner of insurance, upon being advised by the assistant secretary, may suspend or revoke the insurer's authorization to insure compensation in accordance with the procedures of the Insurance Code or the assistant secretary may revoke the authorization to self-insure.

            E. There is hereby created and established in the state treasury a special fund, which shall be designated as the "Office of Workers' Compensation Administrative Fund". The fund shall be maintained as a separate account in the treasury for the sole purpose of funding the administrative expenses of the office of workers' compensation administration of the Louisiana Workforce Commission as set forth in R.S. 23:1291 et seq. Funds shall be withdrawn therefrom only pursuant to legislative appropriation and shall be subject to budgetary control as provided by law. All remaining and unencumbered balances at the end of any fiscal year shall remain to the credit of the fund and shall be used solely for the purpose stated in this Section.

            Added by Acts 1983, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 29, §1, eff. July 1, 1983. Acts 1989, No. 512, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1990; Acts 1992, No. 447, §1, eff. June 20, 1992; Acts 1992, No. 490, §1; Acts 1995, No. 349, §1, eff. June 16, 1995; Acts 1999, No. 56, §1; Acts 2001, No. 1032, §9; Acts 2008, No. 743, §7, eff. July 1, 2008; Acts 2018, No. 612, §7, eff. July 1, 2020; Acts 2018, 2nd E.S., No. 12, §1, eff. June 12, 2018; Acts 2019, No. 404, §1, eff. July 1, 2020.



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