(A) The administrator of the bureau of workers' compensation may delegate the authority granted to the administrator under Chapters 4121., 4123., and 4131. of the Revised Code and agency 4123 of the Administrative Code for determining employer premium, assessment, or penalty obligations or liabilities, eligibility for alternative premium plans or discount programs, or other employer-related disputes or issues as may be authorized under the workers' compensation statutes and rules. For this purpose, the administrator may appoint an adjudicating committee to provide employers with hearings on such matters referred to the committee.
(1) An employer shall file with the bureau a request for a hearing with the adjudication committee only on a bureau approved form. The form may be filed with the adjudicating committee only after the request, protest, petition, or application has been reviewed by the appropriate bureau business unit and only after that business unit has conveyed to the employer in writing the bureau's initial decision regarding the employer's request, protest, petition, or application.
(2) Unless a different time is provided by the Revised Code or the Administrative Code for such matter, an employer shall file a protest or appeal of the bureau's decision on the request, protest, petition, or application within two years of receipt of the bureau's determination.
(3) The employer shall state the specific grounds or reasons for the protest or appeal of the bureau's determination, and shall include supporting documentation. The bureau may refuse to grant a hearing to the employer where the employer has failed to state the specific grounds or reasons for the protest or appeal or has failed to provide supporting documentation as required by this rule.
(4) For the purpose of hearing the protest or appeal, the administrator may appoint an adjudicating committee to provide employers with hearings on such matters referred to the committee.
(B) The adjudicating committee shall consist of three members appointed by the administrator. The members shall consist of persons who shall have expertise or experience in matters relating to employers.
(C) The adjudicating committee shall hold meetings and hearings to determine matters referred to it by the administrator for adjudication. With the approval of the administrator, the committee members may delegate alternate bureau employees to act on their behalf. The committee may issue decisions without formal hearing, but shall afford an employer the opportunity for a formal hearing before the committee upon request. A prompt, efficient, and expeditious determination of matters coming before the committee shall be ensured to protect the interests of employers and the state insurance fund.
(D) If an employer requests a hearing before the adjudicating committee, and has complied with paragraph (A)(1) of this rule by filing a protest form with the bureau, or the committee determines that a hearing is in the best interests of the employer or the state insurance fund, the committee shall mail a notice of hearing to the employer and its representatives by regular mail, setting forth the date, time and place of the hearing. The notice shall be mailed not less than fourteen days before the date of such hearing. In justifiable cases, an emergency hearing may be arranged with the adjudicating committee.
(E) The committee shall keep a record of its dockets and proceedings. The committee's decisions shall be reduced to writing and mailed forthwith to all interested parties and shall state the evidence upon which the decision was based and the reasons for the committee's actions. The decision of the committee shall be the decision of the administrator. If the employer files a written appeal within thirty days of the employer's receipt of the committee's decision, the administrator or the administrator's designee shall hear the appeal of the decision of the committee, and shall conduct a hearing for such purpose.
(F) The administrator may authorize the adjudicating committee to consider the following matters:
(1) Requests for waiver of a default in the payment of a premium under section 4123.37 of the Revised Code;
(2) Requests for settlement of liability of a noncomplying employer under section 4123.75 of the Revised Code;
(4) Employer's request for abatement of penalties under rule 4123-09-07 of the Administrative Code and section 4123.32 of the Revised Code;
(5) Protests of audit findings, manual classifications, experience ratings, retrospective ratings, or transfers or combinations of risk experience;
(6) Any other risk or premium matters as authorized and delegated by the administrator under Chapters 4121., 4123., and 4131. of the Revised Code.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/10/2009 and 10/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4121.12, 4121.121
Rule Amplifies: 4123.32, 4123.37, 4123.75, 4123.78
Prior Effective Dates: 12/18/89, 2/22/90, 10/14/02