Big Changes to Oklahoma Worker’s Compensation Process and Posting

In 2013, the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a new Oklahoma workers’ compensation law that phased out the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court, replacing it with an administrative system, the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission (OWCC), effective February 2014. The OWCC will handle workers’ compensation claims made by injured workers instead of the Workers’ Compensation Court.

The new law also authorizes employers to opt out of the state’s workers’ compensation insurance provider as long as they provide equivalent coverage for injured workers.

Workers’ compensation is an insurance program that provides compensation for disability, and medical and rehabilitation benefits, for employees injured on the job. Oklahoma state law requires employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, even if the employer only has one part-time employee. Employers with employees in Oklahoma must provide workers’ compensation coverage except where:

  • Domestic or household employees where total payroll is less than $10,000 annually.
  • Agricultural or horticultural employees where total payroll is less than $100,000 annually.
  • Certain licensed real estate sales persons and brokers.
  • Employees covered under Federal laws.

Significant Changes to the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Notice

Employers must post the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Notice posting (CC-Form-1A) that advises employees they are covered by the Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA) and that workers’ compensation counselor services are available at the OWCC. The notice must be posted and maintained by the employer in one or more conspicuous places on the work premises. The State also provides the form in Spanish.

As of February 1, 2014, the new CC-Form-1A supersedes Form 1A, which directed affected employees to follow the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court procedures instead of new OWCC procedures.

Other significant changes include:

  • Accidental injury or death claim and cumulative trauma claim filing deadlines were reduced to one year of the date of injury or death. The State previously allowed two years. PLEASE NOTE: When first released, the posting stated a two-year limit. Below is the language directly from the current posting as of September 11, 2014 for clarification:
  • “Diagnostic” was removed from the list of covered services provided by employers under the WCA.
  • Other covered services were detailed to include:
  • First aid
  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Hospital
  • Optometric
  • Podiatric
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Crutches and other apparatus

All Oklahoma Required Postings Available in One Format

The revised Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Notice is included on the GovDocs Oklahoma State-on-One poster, which includes postings required for employers in Oklahoma:

  • Workers’ Compensation Notice
  • Your Rights – Minimum Wage Act (Statutory Language Poster)
  • Your Rights – Minimum Wage Act (Plain Language Poster)
  • Oklahoma Law Prohibits Discrimination in Employment
  • Child Labor Law
  • State Public Occupational Safety & Health
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • No Smoking

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2 replies
  1. Nicholas Van Boom
    Nicholas Van Boom says:

    Oklahoma worker’s compensation is in need of reforms that benefit the injured worker instead of the company. For example I was working in Oklahoma city at Chesapeake Energy. I was injured on the job and sent to an orthopedic surgeon who I thought knew what he was doing. As a result of the first surgery I suffered by having a frozen shoulder. In fact I had to fight with the insurance company for more then eighteen months, a year and a half of severe pain before I was able to get another surgery that repaired the damage done by the first surgeon. In fact I had to move nine hundred miles to another state to live with my parents until my second surgery because the insurance company cut my disability checks while I was injured!!!! No one should have to have this done to them. I am currently living in another state and doing physical therapy. After almost two years after the injury I am on the way to recovery!! The current worker’s comp system needs reform so people who get injured don’t have to go through this madness!! It’s bad enough getting injured but if you do be sure and get a good attorney and hopefully have family that can help you. I am lucky that I did!!!!

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