Rule 4123-3-11 | Reports of payments by self-insuring employers.
(A) During the continuance of temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, or wage loss compensation caused by an injury or occupational disease, the employer shall, at the request of the bureau of workers' compensation or the industrial commission at any time or at the request of the claimant or claimant's representative where the issue of compensation is pending in a workers' compensation hearing or adjudication matter, file a report of compensation payments with the bureau showing the amount and type of compensation paid to such employee during the preceding period. The report shall indicate the date when the first installment of the type of compensation reported was paid.
(B) In the event an injury or occupational disease results in a disability compensable under division (A) or (B) of section 4123.57 of the Revised Code, and an agreement has been entered into between the employee and the employer as to the compensation to be paid for such permanent partial disability, the agreement shall state when the first installment of such compensation is to be paid. Such agreement shall be signed by the employee and employer and shall be filed with the bureau as soon as it has been completed. Such agreement shall be accompanied by a report from the attending physician which shall indicate the extent of the permanent partial disability sustained.
(C) In cases of compensable death claims, where the employer and the dependents or legal representatives of a deceased employee agree that the death is compensable, and there being no question of apportionment of death benefits, they enter into an agreement in writing as to the benefits which are to be paid; such agreement shall be reported by the employer. It shall indicate the date of the first installment of payment, the weekly rate of death benefits, the period of time over which such benefits will be paid (lifetime or specific dates) and the total amount of benefits in cases where it is known. Such agreement shall be signed by the employer and the dependent, dependents, or legal representatives and shall be filed with the bureau within one month of the date of execution of the agreement. Such agreement shall include provision for the payment of appropriate funeral, medical, hospital and other expenses. Subsequent reports of the payment of death benefits shall be filed with the bureau at the request of the bureau or the commission at any time or at the request of the claimant or claimant's representative where the issue of compensation is pending in a workers' compensation hearing or adjudication matter. Should there be a change in death benefits as a result of changes in the dependency status of the recipients, employer's reports shall reflect same.
In cases of compensable death claims, where the employer and the dependents or legal representatives of a deceased employee agree that the death is compensable but where there is a question of apportionment, the self-insuring employer may choose to pay death benefits before a hearing at the industrial commission. The first such payment should indicate to the beneficiaries that because there is a question of apportionment among the surviving spouse, dependent children, or other dependents, the commission must issue an order apportioning the payment; therefore, payments until such order issues are subject to an adjustment in accordance with the apportionment ordered by the commission among the beneficiaries at such time as the apportionment order issues.
In other death claims approved for payment by the industrial commission or its hearing officers, the employer shall report payments in the same general manner as indicated above.
(D) In all claims, the self-insuring employer shall, upon completion of the payment of compensation and benefits, report that fact to the bureau at the request of the bureau or the commission at any time or at the request of the claimant or claimant's representative where the issue of compensation is pending in a workers' compensation hearing or adjudication matter indicating the dates of the payment of the first and last installments of compensation, and the total amount of each type paid, together with the total amounts expended for benefits other than compensation according to type of benefit.
(1) Such report shall be signed by the employer and the employee or his or her dependents or their legal representatives as the circumstances may require.
(2) Upon receipt of such report by the bureau, it shall be examined to determine whether or not the payments made have been in conformity with the provisions of the workers' compensation law. If it is found that the reported payments do conform to the provisions of the workers' compensation law, the same shall be approved by the bureau and the employer shall be advised thereof. If it is found that the reported payments do not conform, the bureau shall notify the employer of that fact indicating the further payments that are to be made. The employer shall make such payments and file a revised report with the bureau.
(3) If, for any reason, it is impossible for the employer to promptly file a report of payments or an agreement as to compensation paid or to be paid, the employer shall immediately report that fact and the reason to the bureau. Failure to do so shall be sufficient reason for the administrator to take such action as may be indicated.
(E) Where compensation has been ordered paid or where the employee and employer have agreed upon the compensation to be paid, request to the bureau may be made by either the employer, the employee, or the employee's dependents for authorization to pay all or part of the unpaid balance of the award in one or more lump sum payments.
(F) Whenever a self-insured employer that is a professional sports franchise domiciled in Ohio makes payment pursuant to the terms of a contract of hire or a collective bargaining agreement during a period of disability resulting from the injury or occupational disease, the self-insurer shall report such payments on the same basis as required in paragraph (A) of this rule. The total amount of such payments, the period of disability for which those payments were made, and the amount such payments exceed the compensation that was due for that period shall be reported. The amount such payments exceed the compensation payable or, in the event no compensation was payable, the total amounts of such payments, shall be considered advanced payments and shall be applied to offset future payments of compensation for disability under sections 4123.56 to 4123.58 of the Revised Code. The self-insurer shall report these offsets on the same basis as required in paragraph (A) of this rule. Offsets shall be made only in cases where the employee's application for compensation is pending on or after August 22, 1986.