Office of Workers' Compensation Programs 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-19619
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-13
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs is soliciting comments concerning the proposed collection: Authorization for Release of Medical Information (CM-936). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this Notice.
Claims for Compensation Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act
Document Number: 2021-17870
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
On February 8, 2019, the Department of Labor (Department) published in the Federal Register a final rule that revised its regulations governing its responsibilities under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000, as amended (EEOICPA). However, the final rule as published inadvertently omitted amendatory instructions to retain two subordinate paragraphs. This document corrects the error.
Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health
Document Number: 2021-13630
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-29
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Secretary of Labor will renew the Charter of the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health (Board) for two years.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Notice of Termination, Suspension, Reduction, or Increase in Benefit Payments (CM-908)
Document Number: 2021-13404
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Request for Earnings Information
Document Number: 2021-13403
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Request for Earnings Information.'' This comment request is part of continuing Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Request To Be Selected as Payee (CM-910)
Document Number: 2021-13402
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-24
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Notice of Controversion of Right to Compensation
Document Number: 2021-07697
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-15
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Notice of Controversion of Right to Compensation.'' This comment request is part of continuing Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Notice of Payments
Document Number: 2021-07696
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-15
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Notice of Payments.'' This comment request is part of continuing Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health
Document Number: 2021-06798
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-02
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Announcement of meeting of the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health (Advisory Board) for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
Rules of Practice and Procedure Concerning Filing and Service and Amended Rules Concerning Filing and Service
Document Number: 2021-05405
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-03-17
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Office of the Secretary of Labor
The Department of Labor is withdrawing the proposed rule that accompanied its direct final rule (DFR) that requires electronic filing (e-filing) and makes acceptance of electronic service (e-service) automatic for attorneys and non-attorney representatives representing parties in proceedings before the Administrative Review Board (Board), unless the Board authorizes non-electronic filing and service for good cause; establishes a new part containing rules of practice and procedure for the Board; and amends existing regulations concerning filing and service that apply where a governing statute or executive order does not establish contrary rules of filing and service.
Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act: Electronic Filing, Settlement, and Civil Money Penalty Procedures
Document Number: 2021-02723
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
On December 14, 2020, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) published a direct final rule in the Federal Register revising regulations governing electronic filing and settlements, and establishing new procedures for assessing and adjudicating penalties under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). Consistent with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' OWCP is withdrawing the direct final rule.
Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act: Electronic Filing, Settlement, and Civil Money Penalty Procedures
Document Number: 2021-02722
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
On December 14, 2020, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing to revise regulations governing electronic filing and settlements, and establishing new procedures for assessing and adjudicating penalties under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). Consistent with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' OWCP is withdrawing the notice of proposed rulemaking.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Health Insurance Claim Form
Document Number: 2021-02636
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Health Insurance Claim Form.'' This comment request is part of continuing Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Medical Travel Refund Request
Document Number: 2021-02635
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Medical Travel Refund Request.'' This comment request is part of continuing Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Claim for Medical Reimbursement Form
Document Number: 2021-02634
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Department of Labor (DOL) is soliciting comments concerning a proposed extension for the authority to conduct the information collection request (ICR) titled, ``Claim for Medical Reimbursement Form.'' This comment request is part of continuing Departmental efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).
Black Lung Benefits Act Self-Insurance: Withdrawal of Guidance
Document Number: 2021-02614
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) is withdrawing a notice and request for comments entitled ``Guidance on Black Lung Benefits Act Self-Insurance,'' which was published in the Federal Register on January 8, 2021.
Department of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2021
Document Number: 2021-00018
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-01-14
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Department, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). The Inflation Adjustment Act requires the Department to annually adjust its civil money penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that agencies shall adjust civil monetary penalties notwithstanding Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Additionally, the Inflation Adjustment Act provides a cost- of-living formula for adjustment of the civil penalties. Accordingly, this final rule sets forth the Department's 2021 annual adjustments for inflation to its civil monetary penalties.
Rules of Practice and Procedure Concerning Filing and Service and Amended Rules Concerning Filing and Service
Document Number: 2020-28056
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-01-11
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Office of the Secretary of Labor
The Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to seek public comments on a proposal to require electronic filing (e-filing) and make acceptance of electronic service (e-service) automatic for attorneys and non-attorney representatives representing parties in proceedings before the Administrative Review Board (Board), unless the Board authorizes non- electronic filing and service for good cause. Self-represented persons will have the option of e-filing or of filing papers by conventional means. This proposed rule would establish a new part containing rules of practice and procedure for the Board and amend existing regulations concerning filing and service that would apply where a governing statute or executive order does not establish contrary rules of filing and service. It would also make other minor corrections to update existing regulations.
Rules of Practice and Procedure Concerning Filing and Service and Amended Rules Concerning Filing and Service
Document Number: 2020-28055
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-01-11
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Office of the Secretary of Labor
The Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is issuing this Direct Final Rule to require electronic filing (e-filing) and make acceptance of electronic service (e-service) automatic for attorneys and non-attorney representatives representing parties in proceedings before the Administrative Review Board (Board), unless the Board authorizes non-electronic filing and service for good cause. Self- represented persons will have the option of e-filing or of filing papers by conventional means. This rule establishes a new part containing rules of practice and procedure for the Board and amends existing regulations concerning filing and service that apply where a governing statute or executive order does not establish contrary rules of filing and service. It also makes other minor corrections to update existing regulations.
Guidance on Black Lung Benefits Act Self-Insurance
Document Number: 2021-00097
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) is announcing publication of a preliminary program bulletin titled ``DCMWC Self-Insurance Process Guidelines'' describing the agency's updated process for evaluating self-insurance applications under the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA). The BLBA requires coal mine operators to secure the payment of benefits by either purchasing commercial insurance or obtaining the Department's authorization to self-insure those liabilities. Authorization to self-insure may be granted or denied at the Department's discretion. OWCP is making the programmatic changes and preliminary bulletin available for public comment pursuant to the Department of Labor's PRO Good Guidance Rule.