Sec. 31-316. Employer to record and report employees’ injuries and report insurance coverage or welfare plan payments provided to employees. Increased award due to employer’s failure to file. (a) Each employer shall keep a record of the injuries sustained by his employees in the course of their employment that result in incapacity for one day or more. Each employer shall send to the chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, in duplicate, each week, or more often if so directed, a report of all injuries that the rules prescribed by the chairman determine, including the time of each injury, together with notices of claims for compensation that have been served upon the employer under section 31-294c, within one week of the receipt of the notices of claims. The employer shall inform the chairman as to the extent to which he provides accident and health insurance and life insurance coverage for his employees, and his payment or contribution requirements for any employee welfare plan, as defined in section 31-284b. No other report of injuries to employees shall be required by any department or office of the state from employers. The duplicates of the reports shall be immediately transmitted to the Labor Commissioner.
(b) Upon determining that the employer failed to report injuries as required by subsection (a) of this section, the workers’ compensation commissioner may increase the award for compensation for the employee’s injuries proportionate to the prejudice that the employee sustained due to the employer’s failure to file.
(1949 Rev., S. 7441; 1958 Rev., S. 31-167; 1961, P.A. 491, S. 39; P.A. 82-398, S. 4; P.A. 85-32; P.A. 91-32, S. 31, 41; 91-339, S. 31; P.A. 96-267, S. 29.)
History: 1961 act entirely replaced previous provisions; P.A. 82-398 required the employer to inform the commissioner as to the insurance coverage and welfare fund payments he provides for his employees and required that injury reports include “time of each injury”; P.A. 85-32 provided that the reports concerning injuries, insurance coverage and employee welfare fund payments shall be sent by each employer to the chairman of the board of compensation commissioners; P.A. 91-32 made technical changes; P.A. 91-339 changed “board of compensation commissioners” to “workers’ compensation commission” and changed “employee welfare fund” to “employee welfare plan”; P.A. 96-267 added Subsec. (b) to allow the commissioner to increase an employee’s award proportionate to prejudice caused by an employer’s failure to report injuries as required.
See Sec. 31-40 re required reporting of serious accidents in establishments or work places.
Cited. 109 C. 469; 122 C. 192.