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2021 California Rules of Court

Rule 10.350. Workers' compensation program

(a) Intent

The intent of this rule is to:

(1)  Establish procedures for the Judicial Council's 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, 2016; previously amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(b) Duties of Judicial Council staff

To carry out the duty of the Judicial Council to establish a workers' compensation program for the trial courts, the council's Human Resources office 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 Judicial Council; 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, 2016; previously 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 Judicial Council must:

(A)  Timely notify the Human Resources office of its decision to participate in the workers' compensation program being offered through the Judicial Council;

(B)  Timely complete and return necessary paperwork to the Human Resources office; 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 Judicial Council 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 office 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, 2016; previously amended effective January 1, 2007.)

Rule 10.350 amended effective January 1, 2016; adopted as rule 6.302 effective January 1, 2005; previously amended and renumbered as rule 10.350 effective January 1, 2007.

Title 10, Judicial Administration Rules(Division 2, Administration of the Judicial Branch(Chapter 6, Court Technology, Information and Automation; renumbered effective January 1, 2013; adopted as Chapter 7.

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