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2014 California Rules of Court

Rule 10.350. Workers' compensation program

(a) Intent

The intent of this rule is to:

(1)Establish procedures for the Administrative Office of the Courts' workers' compensation program for the trial courts; and

(2)Ensure that the trial courts' workers' compensation coverage complies with applicable law and is cost-efficient.

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(b) Duties of the Administrative Office of the Courts

To carry out the duty of the Judicial Council to establish a workers' compensation program for the trial courts, the Administrative Office of the Courts, through its Human Resources Division, must:

(1)Maintain a contract with a vendor to provide courts, on a voluntary basis, with a cost-efficient workers' compensation coverage program;

(2)Monitor the performance of the vendor with which it contracts to provide such services;

(3)Timely notify the trial courts concerning the terms of the workers' compensation coverage program;

(4)Timely inform the trial courts about the legal requirements with which a workers' compensation program must comply;

(5)Make personnel available by telephone to consult with trial courts regarding the cost and benefits of the plan being offered by the Administrative Office of the Courts; and

(6)Review and approve or disapprove any other workers' compensation programs identified by a trial court for consideration as a vendor to provide workers' compensation benefits to its employees.

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(c) Duties of the trial courts

(1)Each trial court that elects to participate in the program made available through the Administrative Office of the Courts must:

(A)Timely notify the Human Resources Division of its decision to participate in the workers' compensation program being offered through the Administrative Office of the Courts;

(B)Timely complete and return necessary paperwork to the Human Resources Division; and

(C)Timely pay all costs associated with the program.

(2)Each trial court that elects not to participate in the workers' compensation program available through the Administrative Office of the Courts must:

(A)Independently identify a workers' compensation benefits provider that fulfills all legal responsibilities to offer such benefits in California in a cost-efficient manner;

(B)Timely submit to the Human Resources Division for its approval the information necessary to evaluate the workers' compensation program identified by the trial court to provide benefits for its employees; and

(C)Maintain a contract with a workers' compensation benefits provider that fulfills all legal responsibilities to offer such benefits in California in a cost-efficient manner.

(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

Rule 10.350 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 6.302 effective January 1, 2005.

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