NORTH CAROLINA INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION

Help Line: (800) 688-8349, (919) 807-2501, or infospec@ic.nc.gov
Fraud and Insurance Compliance Hotline: (888) 891-4895 or fraudcomplaints@ic.nc.gov

News & Announcements

N.C. Industrial Commission Latest News & Information

Important News Regarding Ambulatory Surgery Center Fee Schedule Rule

On November 21, 2017, by a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeals issued an Opinion reversing the August 9, 2016 Decision of Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway and remanding the case for entry of an order affirming the Industrial Commission’s December 14, 2015 Declaratory Ruling. The Court of Appeals held that the ambulatory surgery center provisions of the workers’ compensation medical fee schedule that became effective April 1, 2015 were promulgated in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act and are valid retroactively and prospectively. Please click here to read that decision.
 

Notice of Draft Rules for the Utilization of Opioids and Pain Management
in Workers’ Compensation Claims for Preliminary Public Comment

In February 2017, Chairman Charlton L. Allen established the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Opioid Task Force to study and recommend solutions for the problems arising from the intersection of the opioid epidemic and related issues in workers' compensation claims. After several months of research and collaboration, the Workers’ Compensation Opioid Task Force has developed draft utilization rules for opioids, related prescriptions, and pain management treatment in workers’ compensation claims. The Commission is grateful to the members of the Workers’ Compensation Opioid Task Force for their time commitment, hard work, and dedication to the groups’ mission.

The Commission seeks preliminary public comment on the draft rules prior to initiating formal rulemaking. The public feedback will be considered prior to the official filing of proposed rules. The Commission has developed a PowerPoint presentation that provides an executive summary of the draft rules. The Commission strongly recommends reviewing both the PowerPoint and the draft rules before commenting. Comments on the draft rules should be e-mailed no later than December 6, 2017, to meredith.henderson@ic.nc.gov. Professional or other groups are encouraged to consolidate the comments of their members where possible. Questions may be e-mailed to meredith.henderson@ic.nc.gov.
 

Notice of Proposed Amendment to Industrial Commission Rule 04 NCAC 10E .0203

Please click here to view a notice regarding proposed changes to the Fees Set by the Commission, Rule 04 NCAC 10E .0203, including the public hearing date and the written comment period for the proposed rule amendment. The notice contains the website link for the fiscal note approved by the Office of State Budget and Management regarding the proposed rule amendment.
 

Sixteenth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Department of Insurance's Albemarle Building, located at 325 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in Conference Room 1123 on the eleventh floor.
 

Fifteenth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Dobbs Building, located at 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Judge Wells Conference Room on the fifth floor.
 

Industrial Commission Holds Hearings at Elon University School of Law

On October 25, 2017, a Full Commission panel of the North Carolina Industrial Commission held hearings at the Elon University School of Law in Greensboro. Click here for details.
 

Fourteenth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Dobbs Building, located at 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Judge Wells Conference Room on the fifth floor.
 

Permanent Rule Amendment Approved by Rules Review Commission

On October 19, 2017, the Rules Review Commission approved the rule amendment to Rule 04 NCAC 10J .0103. Please click here to view an annotated version of the approved rule showing all amendments. However, the rule received ten or more letters of objection. Therefore, this rule is subjected to legislative review with a delayed effective date of the 31st legislative day of the General Assembly's session beginning May 2018. The current rule in effect can be found here.
 

Thirteenth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Dobbs Building, located at 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Judge Wells Conference Room on the fifth floor.
 

Twelfth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Dobbs Building, located at 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Judge Wells Conference Room on the fifth floor.
 

Eleventh Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Dobbs Building, located at 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Judge Wells Conference Room on the fifth floor.
 

Reporting to the N.C. Employee Classification Section in Spanish Is Now Available

The North Carolina Industrial Commission Employee Classification Section has established a process for submitting complaints of potential worker misclassification in Spanish. Additionally, submissions may be anonymous. To report employee misclassification, please click here.
 

Notice of Upcoming Changes to Sanction Amount and Policies
for Sanctions Issued Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §97-18(j)

The North Carolina General Assembly has tasked the Industrial Commission with ensuring compliance with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-18(j). At the end of fiscal year 2016-17, more than 4,500 claims were not in compliance with this statute. To reduce the number of claims out of compliance and to ensure quicker dispositions of cases, the Commission is implementing new policies regarding the sanctions issued pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-18(j).

Please click here to view a memorandum regarding the changes that the Commission is making to the sanction amount and processes for sanctions issued pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-18(j).
 

Industrial Commission Releases Fiscal Year 2016-17 Annual Report

The Commission has released its Fiscal Year 2016-17 Annual Report. Please click here to view the report. 

Industrial Commission Holds Hearings at North Carolina Central University School of Law

Please click here to view an announcement regarding the Industrial Commission's recent hearings at North Carolina Central University School of Law.
 

Tenth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Dobbs Building, located at 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Judge Wells Conference Room on the fifth floor.
 

Notice of Proposed Amendment to Industrial Commission Rule 04 NCAC 10J .0103

Please click here to view a notice regarding proposed changes to the Commission's Medical Fee Schedule, Rule 04 NCAC 10J .0103, including the public hearing date and the written comment period for the proposed rule amendment. The notice contains the website link for the fiscal note approved by the Office of State Budget and Management regarding the proposed rule amendment.

The Commission held the public hearing on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Please click here to view a transcript of the public hearing. The Commission will also accept written comments on the proposed rule through August 14, 2017. The Commission accepted written comments from June 15, 2017 through August 14, 2017. Please click here to review the comments timely received, as well as three public comments received after the deadline.

The Commission approved a permanent rule amending Rule 04 NCAC 10J .0103. The rule was filed with the Rules Review Commission at the Office of Administrative Hearings on September 19, 2017.
 

Employee Classification Section Continues to Receive Complaints About Worker Misclassification

Recent reports suggest enactment of Senate Bill 407 creates a new section of the Industrial Commission to target employee misclassification. It does not. Instead, the legislation largely codifies preexisting initiatives of the Commission. Please click here to read the full news release.
 

Notice of Meeting

The Commission will meet at 3:00 P.M. on Monday, September 18, 2017, in Room 2173 of the Dobbs Building. Please click here for more information.
 

Ninth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Dobbs Building, located at 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Judge Wells Conference Room on the fifth floor.
 

Eighth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Department of Insurance's Albemarle Building, located at 325 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in Conference Room 723 on the seventh floor.
 

Industrial Commission's Mediation Section Has Record-Breaking Fiscal Year for Settlements

The Mediation Section of the Industrial Commission posted an exceptional 2016-2017 fiscal year. With the most cases ever referred to mediation in a fiscal year, nearly 10,000, the section recorded its highest settlement rate ever for cases settled at mediation conferences -- 73.81%. The Mediation Section is responsible for effectively, fairly, and efficiently administering the Industrial Commission's mediation program. The primary purpose of the program is to provide parties an opportunity to actively participate in the resolution of their contested issues, enabling the Commission to devote its limited adjudicatory resources to resolving cases not conducive to settlement.
 

Notice of Meeting

The Commission will meet at 2:30 P.M. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, in Room 6037 of the Dobbs Building, located at 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Please click here for more information.
 

Seventh Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Dobbs Building, located at 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Judge Wells Conference Room on the fifth floor.
 

Industrial Commission Workers' Compensation Fraud Investigation Leads to Arrest

A Randolph County woman was arrested for felony and misdemeanor charges in a workers' compensation fraud investigation. The North Carolina Industrial Commission's Fraud Investigative Division charged the suspect with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses and one misdemeanor count of workers' compensation fraud. Please click here to read the full news release.
 

Sixth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Albemarle Building, located at 325 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in Conference Room 723 on the seventh floor. Please note that this is a different location than where the previous meetings of the Task Force took place.
 

Industrial Commission Announces Regional Office Move

The Industrial Commission's regional office, previously located in Elizabethtown, has moved to Wilmington. Beginning in late 2014, the Industrial Commission began decentralizing its judicial staff into five regional offices located throughout the State. This move reflects a continued commitment to reducing costs and unnecessary travel, increasing employee productivity, and enhancing customer service at the local level. The regional office, now located in Wilmington, is fully operational at this time. Please send correspondence for this regional office to the new mailing address P.O. Box 12974, Wilmington, NC 28405.
 

Industrial Commission Compliance and Fraud Investigative Division Fiscal Year Update

The North Carolina Industrial Commission's Compliance and Fraud Investigative Division is continuing to proactively identify businesses that do not comply with the Workers' Compensation Act at an unprecedented rate. For Fiscal Year 2016-2017, the Compliance Unit collected over $1.7 million in penalties for noncompliance, and the Fraud Investigative Unit issued 412 total charges for suspected violations of the Workers' Compensation Act. Please click here to read the related news release.
 

Fifth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Dobbs Building, located at 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Judge Wells Conference Room on the fifth floor. Please note that this is a different location than where the previous meetings of the Task Force took place.
 

Philip A. Baddour, III Sworn in as Commissioner

After appointment by Governor Roy Cooper and confirmation by the General Assembly, Philip A. Baddour, III was sworn in on June 28, 2017 to serve as a Commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Click here here to view a news release regarding Commissioner Baddour's appointment.
 

Melissa H. Grimes Appointed to the Industrial Commission as Deputy Commissioner

Chairman Allen is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Deputy Commissioner. Melissa Grimes is joining the North Carolina Industrial Commission to serve a six-year term as a Deputy Commissioner in the Charlotte regional office. Most recently, Grimes was in private practice with Hedrick Gardner in Charlotte, where she focused her practice on workers' compensation. Originally from Eastern North Carolina, Grimes graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University, where she received her B.A. in Communications / Public Relations. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the Campbell University School of Law.
 

Fourth Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The meeting will take place at the North Carolina State Bar, located at 217 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. The meeting will be held in Conference Room 218. Please note that this is a different location than where the previous meetings of the Task Force took place.
 

June Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Industrial Commission, located in the Dobbs Building at 430 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Industrial Commission Hearing Room, Room 2173, on the second floor. Please note that this is a different room than the room where the previous meetings of the Task Force took place.
 

May Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The meeting will take place at the Industrial Commission, located in the Dobbs Building at 430 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The meeting will be held in the Jim Long Hearing Room, Room 3099, on the third floor.
 

Announcing the 2017 N. C. Workers' Compensation Educational Conference
Wednesday, October 4 – Friday, October 6, 2017

Raleigh Convention Center Registration is now open for the Twenty-Second Annual North Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Conference, which will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center on October 4-6, 2017. The conference is presented by the North Carolina Industrial Commission, in association with the International Workers' Compensation Federation.

The program provides valuable information of particular importance for employers, insurance adjusters, self-insurers, third party administrators, safety and human resource managers, plaintiff and defense attorneys, health care providers, mediators, medical and rehabilitation providers, and anyone with a professional interest in the North Carolina workers' compensation system. Application is pending for continuing education credits for Attorney CLE, Paralegal CLE, Adjuster CE, SHRM CE, and Rehabilitation CRC/CDMS/CCM credits. Any other discipline will be provided, upon request, a certificate of completion.

The conference includes an exhibit hall, as well as networking and sponsorship opportunities.

To register and for additional details, download the conference brochure by clicking here.

Please let us know if you have any questions or we can be of additional assistance.
 

First Meeting of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

The Industrial Commission is pleased to announce the first meeting of the task force to study and recommend solutions for the problems arising from the intersection of the opioid epidemic and related issues in workers' compensation claims. The first meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in the Dobbs building at 430 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. NOTE ROOM CHANGE: Please note that the meeting has been moved to the Jim Long Hearing Room, Room 3099, on the third floor.
 

Industrial Commission Holds Hearings at Wake Forest Law

Please click here to view an announcement regarding the Industrial Commission's recent hearings at Wake Forest University School of Law.
 

Important News Regarding Temporary Rule Amending 04 NCAC 10J .0103, Effective January 1, 2017

An approved temporary rule amendment to Rule 04 NCAC 10J .0103 went into effect on January 1, 2017. A legal challenge to this temporary rule was filed in Wake County Superior Court. Please click here to see a copy of the March 21, 2017 Order deciding the legal challenge. The Commission is currently reviewing the matter and will provide updates as to any further related legal proceedings. In light of the March 21, 2017 Order, this version of Rule 04 NCAC 10J .0103 is currently in effect for dates of service of January 1, 2017 or later.
 

Philip A. Baddour III Appointed to the Industrial Commission

Governor Roy Cooper has nominated Philip A. Baddour, III for appointment as a Commissioner to the North Carolina Industrial Commission for a six-year term, pending confirmation by the North Carolina General Assembly. Click here to view a news release about this appointment.
 

Creation of a North Carolina Industrial Commission Twitter Account

The Industrial Commission is pleased to announce the creation of a Twitter account that will provide updates on the Commission's breaking news and important announcements. This additional media platform demonstrates the Commission's commitment to providing quality customer service and connecting with all interested stakeholders. Please follow the N.C. Industrial Commission on Twitter @IC_NC_GOV.
 

Creation of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Opioid Task Force

Industrial Commission Chairman Charlton Allen announced on February 7, 2017, the establishment of a task force to study and recommend solutions for the problems arising from the intersection of the opioid epidemic and related issues in workers' compensation claims. Please click here to view an Industrial Commission press release.
 

Permanent Rule Amendment Approved by Rules Review Commission

On January 19, 2017, the Rules Review Commission approved the rule amendment with technical corrections to Rule 04 NCAC 10A .0108. Please click here to view an annotated version of the approved rule showing all amendments. This rule can also be found in the North Carolina Administrative Code here. No letters of objection were received. Therefore, this rule is effective as of February 1, 2017.
 

J. Brian Ratledge Joins Industrial Commission as General Counsel

Brian Ratledge has joined the North Carolina Industrial Commission to serve as General Counsel. Mr. Ratledge was most recently the General Counsel at the North Carolina Department of Administration. Prior to joining the Department of Administration, he was in private practice in Raleigh. He has also previously served as the Chairman of the Wake County Board of Elections. Finally, Mr. Ratledge is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he received his B.A. in Political Science (Honors Program) and a graduate of the Campbell University School of Law.
 

Changes to Electronic Document Filing Portal (EDFP)

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, the Industrial Commission upgraded the Electronic Document Filing Portal to EDFP 2.3.0. The new release allows almost all documents to be filed via EDFP as long as they are filed in claims that have existing IC file numbers.

The Industrial Commission encourages all current EDFP users as well as those not yet required to use it to become familiar with the new version of EDFP. Therefore, as of Thursday, January 5, 2017, the Commission will accept via EDFP all document types included in the EDFP 2.3.0 upgrade even if the document types are not listed in Table 1 of the current Rule 04 NCAC 10A .0108. If you choose to submit such document types, you should copy the correct IC filing email address according to Rule 04 NCAC 10A .0108 when you serve the documents on the opposing party and let the Commission know in the e-mail that the documents were also filed via EDFP.

The Industrial Commission believes this upgrade will greatly improve its customer service and appreciates your cooperation, patience, and feedback.
 

Asia J. Prince Named Director of Claims Administration

Chairman Allen has selected Asia J. Prince to be the Director of Claims Administration for the Industrial Commission, effective January 1, 2017. Most recently, Mr. Prince has served as a Special Deputy Commissioner in the Executive Secretary's Office, and prior to that, a Special Deputy Commissioner with the Deputy Commissioner's Section. Mr. Prince is a cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a Fellow with the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders.
 

Archived News

Click Here for Older News Items

Older News Items and other links are Archived after 90 days. Clicking the link above will take you to the Archive page.

N.C. Industrial Commission Bulletin

The N.C. Industrial Commission Bulletin is available here.

Announcements

2018 Max Comp Rate

Please click here for information regarding the maximum weekly benefit for 2018.

Mileage Rate for 2017

As of January 1, 2017, the IRS mileage rate for business travel is $0.535 per mile. This is the rate to be used for reimbursement for mileage incurred for medical treatment in workers' compensation cases. The updated Form 25T Itemized Statement of Charges for Travel reflects this change.

Updated Spanish Form 17

The Industrial Commission has updated the Spanish Form 17.

Contempt and Noninsured Hearing Dockets

The Industrial Commission is holding frequent contempt, noninsured, and/or penalty-enforcement hearings before Deputy Commissioners. The calendars for these hearings may be found on the Deputy Commissioners' Calendars pages.

Comment from the Commission

In the interest of better serving the employees and employers of North Carolina and enforcing the provisions of the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act, the North Carolina Industrial Commission began in late 2009 to review its contempt procedures in consultation with state judicial officials.

Throughout 2010, contacts were made and meetings held with various judicial and law enforcement officials to seek assistance in developing and refining lawful contempt procedures. Necessary forms and procedures were drafted and revised multiple times with consulting officials. In 2011, these meetings continued to refine the procedures and receive training. Additional contacts were made with law enforcement and local prosecutors.

As a result of this investment of time and effort and the generous assistance of judicial and law enforcement officials, the Industrial Commission is scheduling regular contempt hearing dockets.

New FAX Numbers for Medical Rehab Nursing Forms

We now have new FAX numbers for the Medical Rehab Nurses Referral Form and the Form 25N Notice to the Commission of Assignment of Rehabilitation Professional. The Referral Form should now be faxed to 919-508-8350 and the Form 25N should now be faxed to 919-508-8325. Please see the Nursing & Medical Rehab Section on the Forms page for more information.

Case Numbers for New NCIC Cases Will Be Eight Digits, Starting January 1, 2013

Case numbers for new N.C. Industrial Commission cases will change from six digits to eight digits, beginning January 1, 2013. The six-digit numbers for cases received prior to that date will remain the same. To read NCIC Chair Pamela T. Young's November 15, 2012 memo about this change, click here.

Electronic Claims and Medical Bill Reporting: Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) is implementing two (2) Electronic Reporting processes for workers' compensation claims:

  1. Claims, beginning
    January 2, 2013
  2. Medical Billing, beginning
    March 1, 2013.

For further details, CLICK HERE.

Commission Issues Form 23

The Form 23 Application to Reinstate Payment of Disability Compensation (G.S. § 97-18(k)) is now available on the Industrial Commission's website. This form was created to comply with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-18(k), which became effective June 24, 2011, as part of the recently enacted House Bill 709 (see Page 2, Section 5). Please note that the Form 23 may not be used to request medical compensation or to request payment of disability compensation in denied claims or admitted claims in which no disability compensation has been paid.

Archived Announcements

Click Here for Older Announcements

Older News Items and other links are Archived after 90 days. Clicking the link above will take you to the Announcements section of the Archive page.