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DWC Updates

June 29, 2016

 

DWC to Enforce Lien Claimants' Use of Uniform Assigned Name

 

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) will enforce lien claimants' use of a Uniform Assigned
Name (UAN) beginning June 25, 2016. This is a uniform naming convention which ensures that
parties are properly associated to cases in EAMS. The UAN is currently used by attorneys, claims
administrators and lien claimants.


Effective June 25, 2016, lien claimants must use their UAN when filing a Notice and Request for
Allowance of Lien and Application for Adjudication or their attempt to do so will result in failure. This
requirement applies to all filing methods (OCR, EForm, and JET). It is advised that all lien claimants
check the UAN Lien Claimants search page to verify their exact UAN name that must be used when
filing documents.


Lien claimants who do not have a UAN should email the Central Registration Unit at CRU@dir.ca.gov.
Please include an attachment with your business letterhead in the email request. The new assigned
name or information will be posted within 10 business days of receipt of the request.

 

DWC Announces Temporary Total Disability Rates for 2017

 

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) announces that the 2017 minimum and maximum
temporary total disability (TTD) rates will increase on January 1, 2017. The minimum TTD rate will
increase from $169.26 to $175.88 and the maximum TTD rate will increase from $1,128.43 to
$1,172.57 per week.


Labor Code section 4453(a) (10) requires the rate for TTD be increased by an amount equal to
percentage increase in the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) as compared to the prior year. The
SAWW is defined as the average weekly wage paid to employees covered by unemployment
insurance as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor for California for the 12 months ending March
31 in the year preceding the injury. In the 12 months ending March 31, 2016, the SAWW increased
from $1,120.67 to $1,164.51-an increase of just under 3.912 percent.


Under Labor Code section 4659(c), workers with a date of injury on or after Jan. 1, 2003 who are
receiving life pensions (LP) or permanent total disability (PTD) benefits are also entitled to have their
weekly LP or PTD rate adjusted based on the SAWW.


The first quarter 2015 SAWW figures may be verified at the U.S. Department of Labor website, as
can the first quarter 2016 SAWW figures.

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