STAND. COM. REP. NO.2852
RE: H.B. No. 2526
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Labor, to which was referred H.B. No. 2526 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to change the annual injury report filing deadline employers must adhere to for workers' compensation cases.
Testimony in favor of the measure was received from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the University of Hawaii.
Specifically, the measure changes the filing deadline from December to January 31 of each succeeding year.
Your Committee finds that under existing law, employers are required to annually file a report with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations on workers' compensation-related claims paid by the employer over the preceding year. This report is due on December 31 of each year.
Your Committee also finds that the Auditor, as one of the recommendations contained in a management audit report on the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations' Disability Compensation Division, recommended that this deadline be moved back to provide sufficient time to employers to file complete reports.
Your Committee agrees with the Auditor's recommendation and believes that more time should be provided to employers to compile such information. This action will lessen the need for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to grant filing extensions, particularly in cases where an injury occurred late in the calendar year.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2526, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor,
BOB NAKATA, Chair