Lawmakers in New York and Virginia are proposing changes to state law regarding notices to employees in workers’ compensation cases.
Virginia Senate Bill 1037, introduced Sunday, would require employers to inform covered workers of the right to contest a claim denial through the state’s Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Under the proposal, if an employer or insurer denies a worker’s request for compensation benefits, the denial letter must include a notice that the worker has the right to contest the claim by requesting a hearing with the commission. Employers who fail to provide such notice may face civil penalties.
New York lawmakers on Monday introduced Assembly Bill 571, which would require injured workers in comp cases to be notified if a new personal injury attorney is assigned to their case or if it is determined that the assignment of a personal injury attorney is no longer needed.
Insurers or self-insured employers would be required to provide such notice within 14 days.