In Nebraska, the state has several different departments within its state workers’ comp division that the employer needs to deal with when it comes to injury reporting. For instance, those forms that you send in for first reports of injury go to the Public Information Section of the Nebraska workers’ comp division.
The Public Information Section of the Nebraska workers’ comp division gets all of those first reports of injuries that you and the other Nebraska employers send in regarding each and every accident that occurs on your work sites. The Public Information Section of the Nebraska workers’ comp division is then charged with processing all of those reports, so that all of the compensation payments then go out to the right employees for the right injuries and disabilities.
The Public Information Section of the Nebraska workers’ comp division is also responsible for keeping track of all these records for posterities sake—and of course for a more practical issue: If a workers’ comp injury turns into a court case.
The Public Information Section of the Nebraska workers’ comp division also is there if you happen to have questions about an injury report or an open claim for workers’ compensation benefits for one of your workers. They have a toll-free phone number that you can contact and it operates the division’s Web site so that you can find answers to all of your questions on forms and other workers’ comp and injury reporting questions. The Public Information Section of the Nebraska workers’ comp division even runs classes and workshops for employers to help them deal with the responsibilities of running a workers’ comp program for your employees.
When it comes to your workers actually returning to work after their injury, the Public Information Section of the Nebraska workers’ comp division doesn’t handle that. The Vocational Rehabilitation Section does.
Nebraska’s been in this workers’ comp business since the whole practice almost first started in the United States. The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act was passed in 1913 in its first form. It was initially run by the state district courts for a few years, until 1917. Then the state legislature created the Department of Labor’s Compensation Division, and a commissioner of labor got the title of commissioner of compensation.
Why all this history? The purpose is to touch upon one of the most interesting facets of the workers’ comp system in the state of Nebraska. What? Here’s one more date for you. In 1935, the state legislature took the workers’ comp system one step further and created the Workers’ Compensation Court, which now has up to seven judges on it at any one time and can hear a dispute on workers’ comp from across the entire state of Nebraska.
The whole purpose of the state workers’ comp court is to carry out the laws of the workers’ comp system and make sure they are being followed by the state’s employers. All of the judges on the court are appointed by the state governor, and they remain where they are appointed for a six year term. After that, the voting public can then determine if they deserve another six year term.
The court gets divided into two different divisions, first the adjudication division and then the administrative division. On top of these divisions, the court is also cut into eight operating sections.
These sections include the judicial support section, the administrative section, the legal section, the coverage and claims section, the vocational rehabilitation section, the public information section, and the information technology section. All of these divisions have their own authorities and their own functions that they handle within the workers’ comp system.