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R602. Labor Commission, Adjudication.

Rule R602-3. Procedure and Standards for Approval of Assignment of Benefits.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R602-3-1. Policy, Scope and Authority.

A. Policy. Utah's workers' compensation system provides disability compensation to injured workers as a partial replacement for lost wages. These periodic payments allow injured workers to provide for the ongoing necessities of life--food, shelter and clothing--not only for themselves, but for their dependents. These periodic payments also prevent injured workers from becoming charges on public welfare or private charity.

The 2007 Utah Legislature reaffirmed and strengthened the foregoing policy of the workers' compensation system by enacting Senate Bill 109, "Transfers of Structured Settlements." Senate Bill 109 amended Section 34A-2-422 of the Utah Workers Compensation Act to specifically prohibit any transfer of workers' compensation payment rights unless the proposed transfer is first submitted to the Utah Labor Commission and approved by the Commission.

B. Scope. This rule establishes the procedural and substantive requirements for Commission approval of any request for transfer of workers' compensation payment rights. The Commission will not approve any transfer of workers' compensation payment rights in the absence of strict compliance with all procedural and substantive requirements of the Utah Workers' Compensation Act and this rule.

C. Statutory authority. The Commission enacts this rule pursuant to Subsection 34A-1-104(1) and Section 34A-1-304 of the Utah Labor Commission Act, Section 34A-2-422 of the Utah Workers' Compensation Act, and Subsection 63G-3-201(2) of the Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.

R602-3-2. Benefits Subject to Assignment.

A. Commission approval a precondition to any action to transfer benefits. Subsection 34A-2-422(3) prohibits any transfer, or action to transfer, workers' compensation payment rights without prior Commission approval. The Commission will not approve any proposed transfer that includes an advance of funds or property, or other similar action, without prior Commission review.

B. Transfer limited to benefits that are fixed and certain. Pursuant to Subsection 34A-2-422(3)(c), Commission approval of a transfer of workers' compensation payment rights is a "full and final resolution" of such payment rights. The Commission will, therefore, approve transfer of only those payment rights that are fixed and certain as a matter of law. The Commission will not approve the transfer of payment rights that are subject to modification under any provision of the Utah Workers' Compensation Act or other applicable law.

C. New petition required for additional transfers. A petition may not request Commission approval of future, open-ended or follow-up transfers of payment rights. A new petition must be submitted for approval of any such additional transfers.

D. Medical benefits. An injured worker is entitled to continuing medical care necessary to treat his or her work-related injuries. These medical benefits are, by their nature, contingent on the injured worker's future medical condition and progress in medical and pharmacological science. For these reasons, medical benefits are not "fixed and certain," and the Commission will not approve any request for transfer of medical benefits.

R602-3-3. Procedure for Requesting Approval.

A. Petition. The transferee shall fully complete the Commission's "Petition for Approval of Transfer of Payment Rights" form. The transferee shall then file the completed petition with the Commission's Adjudication Division. The Adjudication Division shall return to the transferee any petition that is not fully completed, signed, and accompanied with all required documentation.

B. Documentation. Subsection 34A-2-422(3)(b)(ii)(A) requires that the transferor of workers' compensation payment rights receive adequate notice of the workers' compensation benefits proposed to be transferred, as well as an explanation of the financial consequences of, and alternatives to, the proposed transfer. The Commission will therefore require the following documentation to accompany every Petition for Approval of Transfer of Payment Rights.

1. Notice and explanation. The transferee shall provide to the transferor an explanation of the proposed transfer, in writing, with receipt confirmed by the transferor's signature.

a. The notice and explanation must be in plain language. If the transferor is of limited English proficiency, the notice and explanation must also be provided in writing in the transferor's native language.

b. The notice and explanation must contain each of the following items in full detail:

i. A description of the specific workers' compensation payment rights proposed to be transferred;

ii. An explanation of the legal effect of the transfer;

iii. An explanation of all alternatives to the proposed transfer; and

iv. A recommendation that the transferor obtain independent professional advice regarding the advisability of the proposed transfer and the terms of the proposed transfer.

2. Disclosure of financial information. The transferee shall provide written disclosure of financial information regarding the proposed transfer to the transferor, with receipt confirmed by the transferor's signature.

a. The disclosure of financial information must be in plain language. If the transferor is of limited English proficiency, the disclosure must also be provided in writing in the transferor's native language.

b. The disclosure of financial information must contain each of the following items full detail:

i. The amount and due date of each payment to be transferred;

ii. The sum of all payments to be transferred;

iii. The present value of the payments to be transferred, computed in the same manner and using the same discount rate by which future annuity payments are discounted to present value for federal estate tax purposes;

iv. The gross amount payable by the transferee in exchange for the payments to be transferred;

v. The implied annual interest rate that the transferor would be paying if the transfer were viewed as a loan to the transferor of the net amount payable by the transferee, to be paid in installments corresponding to the transferred payments.

vi. An itemized listing for any amount to be deducted from the gross payment, with detailed explanation of the reason for such deduction and the method for computing the deduction;

vii. The net amount to be paid to the transferee;

viii. The amount and method of calculation of any penalties or liquidated damages for which the transferor might be liable under the transfer agreement; and

ix. A statement of the tax consequences of the transfer.

3. Source of workers' compensation payment rights. The transferee shall provide an authenticated copy of the document(s) that establish the transferor's right to the workers' compensation payment rights that are proposed to be transferred.

4. All agreements between the transferor and transferee. All agreements between the transferor and transferee must be in writing and signed by both the transferor and the transferee. The transferee will provide true and correct copies of all such documents.

C. Notice to other interested parties. After the Adjudication Division has received a petition for approval of transfer of payment rights, and has determined that the petition is complete and is supported by all necessary documentation, the Division will mail copies of the petition and supporting documentation to the following:

1. Each party and attorney who participated in the underlying workers' compensation claim;

2. If the payment right to be transferred arises under a structured workers' compensation settlement, the issuer and owner of the annuity contract that funds the settlement;

3. Any other party having rights or obligations with respect to the payment rights proposed to be transferred;

4. An ombudsman designated by the Industrial Accidents Division for receipt of such petitions; and

5. Any other individual or entity the Division believes may have an interest in the proposed transfer.

D. Hearing. All Petitions for Approval of Transfer of Payment Rights will be assigned to the Director of the Adjudication Division for hearing.

1. The Director will conduct a formal evidentiary hearing on each petition to determine whether the petition should be approved. The hearing will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Utah Administrative Procedures Act.

2. No hearing on the merits of a petition will be scheduled prior to 60 days after the notices required by III.C of this rule have been mailed to all parties entitled to such notice.

3. Notice of hearing on the merits of a petition shall be provided to the transferor, the transferee, their attorneys, and all parties listed in III.C.1 through 4 of this rule.

4. The Director will conduct the hearing in such manner as the Director deems proper to obtain all information that may be material to approval or rejection of the proposed transfer.

E. Decision. After hearing, the Director will issue a written decision approving or denying the petition. The Director may approve a petition only if the Director finds:

1. The petition has been submitted in proper form with all required documentation;

2. The notice and explanation required by III.B.1 of this rule and the disclosure of financial information required by III.B.2 of this rule are correct, adequate, and understood by the transferor;

3. The agreement(s) between the transferor and transferee does not include any abusive provisions that are against the transferor's best interests. "Abusive provisions" include, but are not limited to, the following:

a. The transferor's confession of judgment or consent to entry of judgment;

b. Choice of forum or choice of law provisions requiring resolution of disputes in a forum other than the courts and administrative agencies of the State of Utah, or under the laws of a jurisdiction other than Utah; or

c. Requirements that transferors indemnify transferees or reimburse transferees for costs or expenses incurred in disputes between transferors and transferees.

4. The proposed transfer is in the best interest of the transferor, specifically taking into account:

a. The transferor's need for a continuing source of income to provide for future necessities;

b. The needs of the transferor's dependents for a continuing source of support from the transferor to provide for future necessities;

c. Whether the transferor's intended uses of the funds obtained as a result of the transfer are prudent and consistent with the underlying purposes of the workers' compensation system;

d. Whether the transferor possesses the ability to manage, preserve and properly apply the funds to be obtained through the transfer; and

e. Whether other alternatives exist that will better meet the legitimate needs of the transferor and/or satisfy the objectives of the workers' compensation system.

F. Appeal. Any interested party who has participated in the formal evidentiary hearing conducted pursuant to III.D of this rule may request agency review of the Director's decision by following the procedures established in Section 63G-4-301 of the Utah Administrative Procedures Act and Section 34A-1-303 of the Utah Labor Commission Act.

KEY

workers' compensation, administrative procedures, hearings, settlements

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

December 27, 2017

Notice of Continuation

October 4, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

34A-1-104(1); 34A-1-301 et seq.; 34A-4-304; 34A-2-422; 63G-3-201(2); 63G-4-102 et seq.


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R602, please contact the promulgating agency (Labor Commission, Adjudication). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.