Board En Banc decision finds Administrative Director Rule 10133.54 Invalid
- Posted By: Harvey Brown
- March 2, 2020
This is a Board En Banc panel decision
This is a very significant case for workers’ compensation principles.
The applicant sustained an injury to his right wrist. The parties settled the case by Stipulations with Request for Award. The settlement did not include a supplemental job displacement benefits voucher (SJDB).
Defendant sent applicant a Notice of Offer of Regular, Modified or Alternative Work. Applicant filed a Request for Dispute Resolution Before Administrative Director requesting that the applicant be given a SJDB and objected to the offer of regular, modified, or alternative work. The Administrative Director did not issue a determination pursuant to AD rule 10133.54 (f). The request was deemed denied.
The applicant filed a Declaration of Readiness to proceed on request for SJDB. The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Judge (WCJ) issued a decision that the applicant’s appeal was untimely. The applicant filed a Petition for Reconsideration contending he was entitled to the SJDB.
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) issued a decision rescinding the WCJ and concluding the WCAB has exclusive jurisdiction over SJDB irrespective of AD rule 10133.54. Defendant sought reconsideration of that decision.
The WCAB ruled AD rule 10133.54 is invalid because it exceeds statutory authority. The WCAB has exclusive jurisdiction. It also ruled an employer must make a bona fide offer of employment.