More changes from the Division of Industrial Relations just in for 2020! The Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) is a division within the State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry, which is responsible for overseeing workers’ compensation in Nevada. The DIR has been rolling out changes ever since the end of the 2019 Legislative Session and will likely continue through 2020.
The most recent changes published by the DIR include changes to the C-1 form (Notice of Injury or Occupational Disease, the C-3 form (Employer’s Report of Industrial Injury or Occupational Disease), and the D-2 (Brief Description of Your Rights and Benefits if You Are Injured on the Job). DIR says the effective date of the new forms is January 24, 2020, despite their notice of the new forms not going out until February 11, 2020.
The C-1 form is a form that an injured worker completes with their employer, notifying their employer that they have suffered an injury or occupational disease. This form was last revised in 2005. The only change appears to be the inclusion of the phone number, website, and email for the Office of the Governor Consumer Health Assistance.
The C-3 form is a form that the employer completes and returns to the workers’ compensation insurer to report the employee’s injury or occupational disease. This form was last revised in 2005, as well. The only change appears to be the website for the Office of the Governor Consumer Health Assistance.
The D-2 is a notice that is sent to injured employees by the workers’ compensation insurance company informing them of their rights and benefits pursuant to NRS 616C.050. The last revision to this form was in 2018. The only change appears to be the website for the Office of the Governor Consumer Health Assistance.
Although these changes are not significant nor will they effect how a claim made by an injured worker for workers’ compensation benefits will be handled, it is good to see any type of progress being made at the DIR. Keep an eye out for more changes from the Division of Industrial Relations in the future, which may impact workers’ compensation claims.
In a previous blog post I wrote about SB 381, which will affect the provider lists (list of approved workers’ compensation doctors) the workers’ compensation insurance companies maintain. The DIR is now tasked with maintaining and updating, their much outdated, list of workers’ compensation doctors, from which the insurance companies can compose their own lists. Expect the DIR to have their lists complete at the beginning of July.