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  • PART I ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT
  • TITLE XXI LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
  • CHAPTER 152 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Section 1 - Definitions

Section 2 - Powers and duties of department; investigation of causes of injuries

Section 2A - Application of amendments of statute

Section 3 - Repealed, 1921, 462, Sec. 8

Section 4 - Repealed, 1985, 572, Sec. 15

Section 5 - Rules and regulations

Section 6 - Notice of injuries; forms; additional reports; statistical summaries

Section 6A - Informational brochures; monitoring of benefits; resolution of disputes

Section 6B - Disposition of fines

Section 7 - Commencement of payments

Section 7A - Presumptions; employee unable to testify

Section 7B - Admissibility of, or reference to, statement given insurer or self-insurer by claimant or in his behalf

Section 7C - Representation of claimants; compensation; denial or suspension of right to practice or appear

Section 7D - Repealed, 1979, 67

Section 7E - Repealed, 1985, 572, Sec. 20

Section 7F - Record of filing fees, penalties and attorneys’ fees

Section 7G - Documentation attached to claims

Section 8 - Termination or modification of payments

Section 8A - Repealed, 1985, 572, Sec. 22

Section 9 - Repealed, 1985, 572, Sec. 23

Section 9A - Physicians engaged to testify or depose for employee; fees paid by insurer

Section 9B - Repealed, 1947, 286

Section 10 - Claims for benefits; complaints requesting modification or discontinuation of benefits; conciliation

Section 10A - Assignments of cases; conferences; orders; appeals

Section 10B - Arbitration; agreements; proceedings

Section 10C - Collective bargaining agreements; binding obligations and procedures

Section 11 - Hearings; evidence; continuances

Section 11A - Impartial medical examiners

Section 11B - Procedure for hearings; depositions; record of proceedings

Section 11C - Appeals to reviewing board

Section 11D - Earnings reports by employees; recovery of overpayments

Section 12 - Enforcement of orders; appeals from decisions of reviewing board; costs; reported questions; copies of judgments

Section 12A - Award of costs and attorney’s fees

Section 13 - Rate of payment by insurers; review of clinical health care providers; health care services board

Section 13A - Attorney’s fees for employees

Section 14 - Actions not based on reasonable grounds; illegal or fraudulent conduct; costs and penalties

Section 14A - Employee leasing companies

Section 15 - Liability of person other than insured

Section 15A - Controversy as to which of two or more insurers is liable

Section 16 - Subsequent findings discontinuing compensation; finality

Section 17 - Enforcement of orders or decisions

Section 18 - Independent and sub-contractors; liability of insurer and others

Section 19 - Agreements by parties

Section 19A - Repealed, 1948, 158

Section 19B - Repealed, 1948, 157

Section 20 - Hospital records as evidence; medical records and reports open to inspection

Section 20A - Copies of reports of medical examinations furnished employees; reports as evidence

Section 20B - Medical reports of disabled or deceased physicians as evidence

Section 21 - Notice by insured to employees

Section 22 - Notice by insured to new employees; notice of cessation of insurance; filing copy

Section 23 - Release of claims or demands at common law

Section 24 - Waiver of right of action for injuries

Section 25 - Insurer’s liability on judgment for employee

Section 25A - Purchase of insurance; self-insurance; reinsurance; deductibles

Section 25B - Applicability of statute relating to insurance and self-insurers; employer bringing employees within statute

Section 25C - Failure to provide for payment of compensation; stop work orders; penalties; liens; actions brought by losing bidders; civil actions for violations of chapter

Section 25D - Service companies; investigation, adjustment or settlement of claims for self-insurers

Section 25E - Self-insurance groups; definitions

Section 25F - Certification to act as self-insurance group

Section 25G - Application for certificate; requirements; issuance

Section 25H - Termination of certificate

Section 25I - Examination of affairs, transactions, accounts, records and assets of each group

Section 25J - Boards of trustees

Section 25K - Applications for membership; cancellation of members; insolvency or bankruptcy of members

Section 25L - Solicitation of membership by licensed agents

Section 25M - Misrepresentations or omissions in solicitations of membership

Section 25N - Performance reports; statements of financial condition

Section 25O - Uniform classification system; premium contributions; application to make own rates; audits

Section 25P - Refunds

Section 25Q - Premium payment plans; loss reserves; bad debt reserves

Section 25R - Deficiencies; assessments; liquidation of groups

Section 25S - Penalties

Section 25T - Cease and desist orders

Section 25U - Revocation of certificates of approval

Section 26 - Injuries arising out of and in course of employment

Section 26A - Suicide

Section 26B - Concurrent service of two or more employers; joint and several liability of insurers

Section 27 - Willful misconduct of employee

Section 27A - False representation of physical condition by employee; right to benefits

Section 28 - Wilful misconduct of employer; defense; reimbursement of insurer; employment of minor; mentally retarded persons; injuries at sheltered workshops

Section 29 - Required period of incapacitation; personnel actions

Section 30 - Adequate and reasonable health care services; preferred health care provider

Section 30A - Medical reports

Section 30B to 30D - Repealed, 1986, 662, Sec. 28

Section 30E - Development of voluntary agreements

Section 30F - Identification of cases in which vocational rehabilitation services may be required

Section 30G - Meetings with injured employees requiring vocational rehabilitation services

Section 30H - Applications for vocational rehabilitation services

Section 30I - Availability of new jobs and job training programs

Section 31 - Death; compensation for dependents; hearings

Section 32 - Persons presumed dependent on employee; division of benefits and payments for children of former marriage; parent surviving dependent parent; dependency determined by facts; division of benefits

Section 33 - Burial expenses

Section 34 - Total incapacity; compensation

Section 34A - Permanent and total incapacity; compensation

Section 34B - Review date; supplemental benefits to Sec. 31 or 34A

Section 35 - Partial incapacity; compensation

Section 35A - Added compensation for dependents; payment; presumed dependents; dependency determined by facts

Section 35B - Return to work; subsequent injury; rate of compensation

Section 35C - Date of eligibility; benefits applicable; adjustments

Section 35D - Computation of weekly wage

Section 35E - Persons eligible for old age benefits or pension; entitlement to benefits under Sec. 34 or 35

Section 35F - Repealed, 1991, 398, Sec. 67

Section 36 - Specific injuries

Section 36A - Death before full payment of compensation for specified injuries; brain damage

Section 36B - Unemployment compensation benefits; eligibility

Section 37 - Compensation for disability subsequent to physical impairment; reimbursement

Section 37A - Compensation for disabled war veteran; reimbursement

Section 38 - Consideration of employee’s savings, insurance and other benefits

Section 39 - Payment of compensation payable in case of death; payment of expenses and for legal services

Section 40 - Guardian or next friend exercising employee’s rights

Section 41 - Notice of proceedings for compensation; limitation of actions

Section 41A - Repealed, 1985, 572, Sec. 51

Section 42 - Notice in general

Section 43 - Service of notice

Section 44 - Inaccuracies in, and want of, notice

Section 45 - Examination by physician; filing copy of report; refusing or obstructing examination; reimbursement of travel expenses and wages

Section 46 - Waiver of rights to compensation; arbitration

Section 46A - Reimbursement for accident and health insurance benefits paid on compensable injuries; lien of insurers, et al., against award; child support claims

Section 47 - Assignments; attachments; liability for debts

Section 48 - Lump sum agreements

Section 49 - Claim in general

Section 50 - Interest on unpaid claims

Section 51 - Natural increase considered in determining weekly wages

Section 51A - Decision in compensation case; law in effect

Section 52 - Repealed, 1987, 691, Sec. 13

Section 52A - Repealed, 1957, 301

Section 52B - Priority of premiums and interest charges over other claims

Section 52C - Rating organizations in general; subscribers; co-operative activities; rates; freedom of contract

Section 52D - Appeal from action or decision of rating organization; rating information

Section 52E - Violation of statutes; failure to comply with commissioner’s orders; suspension and revocation of licenses

Section 52F - Hearing on order or decision of commissioner; suspension or postponement of action; review; stay of order or decision

Section 52G - Partial invalidity of statute

Section 53 - Mutual companies; distribution of risks into groups

Section 53A - Classification of risks and premiums; distribution of premiums among employers

Section 54 - Repealed, 1923, 139, Sec. 1

Section 54A - Necessity of insurance contract insuring payment of compensation

Section 55 - Approval of policy by commissioner; review; issuance of policy in violation of statute

Section 55A - Mid-term notice of cancellation

Section 56 - Joint and several policies

Section 57 - Deposits of value of outstanding claims under contracts

Section 58 - Computation of value of claims

Section 59 - Holding deposits in trust; payment of claims; transfer to trustee; accounts; refunds; return of balance

Section 60 - Effect of appointment of receiver on order, deposit or payments; deposit by receiver

Section 60A - Review, suspension and reduction of order requiring deposit

Section 60B - Liability for expenses for custody and disbursement of deposit; determination; deduction from deposit

Section 60C - Failure to comply with order requiring deposit; certificate authorizing resumption of issuance of policies

Section 60D - Forfeiture for failure to comply with order requiring deposit; issuance of policy while in default; enforcement of order, fine or forfeiture

Section 61 - Bond for foreign company; other security

Section 62 - Deposits by foreign companies; payment of obligations

Section 63 - Insurance company information requested by department; rating organizations; notices furnished by companies

Section 64 - Insurer’s regulations for prevention of injuries; review; inspector’s access to premises

Section 65 - Special Fund; Trust Fund; assessment base; assessment rates; payments; reports; audits

Section 65A - Designation of insurer to issue policy; equitable distribution of risks; servicing carriers; service fees

Section 65B - Cancellation or termination of policy; review

Section 65C - Equitable distribution of losses; reinsurance pools; necessity of membership; plan of operation; cost containment programs

Section 65D - Issuance of policy to employer assigned to another insurer

Section 65E, 65F - Repealed, 1990, 462, Sec. 5

Section 65G - “Losses incurred” defined; determination of amounts to be paid

Section 65H - Adjustment of payments

Section 65I - Primary liability to pay benefits

Section 65J - Inspection of risks; rules

Section 65K - Appeal on ground premium is unreasonable or discriminatory; effect of determined rates

Section 65L - Failure of insurer to comply with statutes, order or rule; revocation or suspension of licenses; injunction

Section 65M - Review of orders or rulings; time; suspension and stay of order or rulings

Section 65N - Repealed, 1973, 855, Sec. 6

Section 65O - Employer’s choice of insurance agent or broker; commission fees; service fees

Section 66 - Actions for injuries sustained by employees; limitations; defenses

Section 67 - Application to insureds and employers having right of election, of statutes relating to defenses to actions

Section 68 - Applicability of statutes relating to employers’ liabilities

Section 69 - Commonwealth, counties, cities, towns and districts in general; members of a police or fire force in work under a contract

Section 69A - Repealed, 1992, 133, Sec. 507

Section 69B - Vouchers; examinations and investigations; reports

Section 70 - Procedure and jurisdiction; compensation paid by commonwealth and its subdivisions

Section 71 - Liability of county, city, town or district for employee’s injuries

Section 72 - Employee claiming or waiving rights against county, city, town or district

Section 73 - Election to receive compensation or pension; retirement boards; prosecuting claims; attorney; notice to boards; special pensions

Section 73A - Employment of partially disabled employee; temporary employment to fill vacancy

Section 74 - Application of statutes to all public employees; inmates of institutions; employees of boards or commissions and welfare districts

Section 74A - Employee of one governmental unit or electric company aiding another unit or company; reimbursement of compensation

Section 75 - Agents designated to furnish benefits and carry out statutes

Section 75A - Preferences for hiring

Section 75B - Qualified handicapped persons; discrimination against employees exercising rights under this chapter; disclosure of data

Section 76 - Repealed, 1955, 234, Sec. 1

Section 77 to 85 - Repealed, 1950, 220

Section 86 - Public employees; certified copy of order, decision, or agreement mailed to public employee retirement administration commission, etc.