DWC Updates

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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