ISSUE: U.S. Department of Labor – New

Part One – New National Average Weekly Wage (NAWW) Jack_crop 300dpi

Effective 10/01/13, the new NAWW is $673.34, a 1.62% increase over last year.  This means that the new maximum weekly compensation rate under the Longshore Act is $1,346.68 (twice the NAWW), and the new minimum weekly compensation rate is $336.67 (one-half the NAWW).

Part Two – Under New Management

There has been a complete turnover in the national management of the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

The DLHWC administers the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act within the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).  The DLHWC Director, Miranda Chiu, along with the Chief, Branch of Financial Management, Insurance and Assessment Brandon Miller and the Chief, Branch of Policy, Regulations and Procedures Eric Richardson, have all left the Department within the past few months.

So here is your new DLHWC National Office management team.

Antonio Rios is Acting Director, DLHWC.  He reports to Gary Steinberg, Acting Director of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, who in turn reports directly to the Secretary of Labor.  The Secretary, Thomas E. Perez, is also new as of July 23, 2013.

Richard Stanton is Chief of Financial Management, Insurance and Assessment.

Jennifer Valdivieso is Chief of Policy, Regulations and Procedures.

The National Office Policy Chief handles second injury fund applications, district office administration, regulatory drafting and interpretation, coordination of legal matters with the Office of the Solicitor, policy formulation, and procedural matters.  This is a partial list.

The Financial Management Chief administers the Special Fund, bills and collects the industry assessment, authorizes insurance carriers and self-insurers, collects and maintains collateral deposits, administers assessment reporting and reserve audits, administers insolvency cases, enforces the insurance provisions of the Longshore Act, and participates in policy formulation.  This is a partial list.

DLHWC district offices provide medical management, informal dispute resolution, education and outreach, and claims administration under the direction of District Directors.

Following is a list of Longshore district offices along with their respective state jurisdictions:

Boston – District Director David B. Groenveld – CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, and DBA jurisdiction east of the 75th degree west longitude, Newfoundland, and Greenland.

New York – District Director Richard V. Robilotti – NY, NJ, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and DBA jurisdiction Mexico, Central and South America; areas east of the continents of North and South America to the 60th degree east longitude (including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran) and any other areas or locations not covered under any other district office.

Baltimore – District Director Theresa Magyar – DE, DC, MD, PA, WV.

Norfolk – Theresa Magyar – VA.

Jacksonville – District Director Charles Lee – AL, FL, GA, KY, NC, SC, TN

Houston – District Director David Widener – TX, OK, NM, IL, IN, IO, MI, MN, OH, WI, MO, NE, KS, and DBA jurisdiction Canada west of the 75th degree and east of the 110th degree west longitude.

New Orleans – District Director David A. Duhon – LA, AR, MS.

San Francisco – District Director R. Todd Bruininks – CA (north of the northern boundaries of the counties of San Luis Obispo, Kern, and San Bernardino), AZ, NV.

Long Beach – District Director Marco Adame – CA (south of the northern boundaries of the counties of San Luis Obispo, Kern, and San Bernardino).

Seattle – District Director R. Todd Bruininks – AK, OR, WA, CO, ID, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY and DBA jurisdiction Canada west of the 110th degree west longitude, and all areas in the Pacific Ocean north of the 45th degree north latitude.

Honolulu – District Director R. Todd Bruininks – HI, and DBA jurisdiction all areas west of the continents of North and South America to 60 degrees east longitude (excluding Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan).

Claims issues that cannot be resolved at the District office level are referred for formal hearing to the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) within DOL.  Appeals from decisions at the OALJ go the DOL’s Benefits Review Board (BRB).  Appeals from the BRB go to the appropriate federal Circuit Court of Appeals (in some Circuits DBA appeals go to federal District Court), and ultimately to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

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