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S.B. 58

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WORKERS' COMPENSATION RELATED

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AMENDMENTS

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Mike Dmitrich

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House Sponsor: Brad King

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Workers' Compensation Act to address issues related to benefits.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    imposes penalties if an employer unlawfully, directly pays workers' compensation
             15      benefits;
             16          .    addresses benefits paid a dependent; and
             17          .    makes technical amendments.
             18      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          34A-2-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 222
             25          34A-2-403, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 375
             26          34A-2-414, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 375
             27          34A-2-415, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 13


             28          34A-2-416, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 375
             29          34A-2-702, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 375
             30          34A-2-801, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 295
             31      ENACTS:
             32          34A-2-201.3, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33     
             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 34A-2-102 is amended to read:
             36           34A-2-102. Definition of terms.
             37          (1) As used in this chapter:
             38          [(1)] (a) "Average weekly wages" means the average weekly wages as determined
             39      under Section 34A-2-409 .
             40          [(2)] (b) "Award" means a final order of the commission as to the amount of
             41      compensation due:
             42          [(a) any] (i) an injured employee; or
             43          [(b) the dependents] (ii) a dependent of [any] a deceased employee.
             44          [(3)] (c) "Compensation" means the payments and benefits provided for in this chapter
             45      or Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act.
             46          [(4)] (d) (i) "Decision" means [the] a ruling of:
             47          (A) an administrative law judge; or[,]
             48          (B) in accordance with Section 34A-2-801 [,]:
             49          (I) the commissioner; or
             50          (II) the Appeals Board [and may include:].
             51          (ii) "Decision" includes:
             52          [(a)] (A) an award or denial of a medical, disability, death, or other related [benefits]
             53      benefit under this chapter or Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act; or
             54          [(b)] (B) another adjudicative ruling in accordance with this chapter or Chapter 3, Utah
             55      Occupational Disease Act.
             56          [(5)] (e) "Director" means the director of the division, unless the context requires
             57      otherwise.
             58          [(6)] (f) "Disability" means an administrative determination that may result in an


             59      entitlement to compensation as a consequence of becoming medically impaired as to function.
             60      Disability can be total or partial, temporary or permanent, industrial or nonindustrial.
             61          [(7)] (g) "Division" means the Division of Industrial Accidents.
             62          [(8)] (h) "Impairment" is a purely medical condition reflecting [any] an anatomical or
             63      functional abnormality or loss. Impairment may be either temporary or permanent, industrial
             64      or nonindustrial.
             65          [(9)] (i) "Order" means an action of the commission that determines the legal rights,
             66      duties, privileges, immunities, or other interests of one or more specific persons, but not a class
             67      of persons.
             68          [(10) (a)] (j) (i) "Personal injury by accident arising out of and in the course of
             69      employment" includes [any] an injury caused by the willful act of a third person directed
             70      against an employee because of the employee's employment.
             71          [(b)] (ii) "Personal injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment"
             72      does not include a disease, except as the disease results from the injury.
             73          [(11)] (k) "Safe" and "safety," as applied to [any] employment or a place of
             74      employment, means the freedom from danger to the life or health of employees reasonably
             75      permitted by the nature of the employment.
             76          [(12)] (l) "Workers' Compensation Fund" means the nonprofit, quasi-public
             77      corporation created in Title 31A, Chapter 33, Workers' Compensation Fund.
             78          (2) As used in this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act:
             79          (a) "Brother or sister" includes a half brother or sister.
             80          (b) "Child" includes:
             81          (i) a posthumous child; or
             82          (ii) a child legally adopted prior to an injury.
             83          Section 2. Section 34A-2-201.3 is enacted to read:
             84          34A-2-201.3. Direct payments prohibited except by self-insured employer.
             85          (1) An employer who is not a self-insured employer, as defined in Section
             86      34A-2-201.5 , may not pay a benefit provided for under this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah
             87      Occupational Disease Act, directly:
             88          (a) to an employee; or
             89          (b) for the employee.


             90          (2) (a) If the division believes that an employer is violating or has violated Subsection
             91      (1), the division shall send written notice to the employer of the requirements of this section
             92      and Section 34A-2-201 .
             93          (b) The division shall send the notice described in Subsection (2)(a) to the last address
             94      on the records of the commission for the employer.
             95          (3) (a) If, after the division mails the notice required by Subsection (2) to an employer,
             96      the employer violates Subsection (1), the division shall impose a penalty against the employer
             97      of $1,000 for each violation.
             98          (b) If, after the division imposes a penalty under Subsection (3)(a) against the
             99      employer, the employer violates Subsection (1), the division shall impose a penalty of up to
             100      $5,000 for each violation.
             101          (4) The division shall deposit a penalty imposed under Subsection (3) into the
             102      Uninsured Employers' Fund created by Section 34A-2-704 to be used for the purposes of that
             103      fund.
             104          (5) A penalty under this section is in addition to any other penalty imposed under this
             105      chapter or Chapter 3 against an employer who fails to comply with Section 34A-2-201 .
             106          (6) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             107      commission shall adopt rules to implement this section.
             108          Section 3. Section 34A-2-403 is amended to read:
             109           34A-2-403. Dependents -- Presumption.
             110          (1) (a) The following persons [shall be] are presumed to be wholly dependent for
             111      support upon a deceased employee:
             112          [(a)] (i) a child under 18 years of age, [or over] subject to the conditions of Subsections
             113      (1)(b) and (2)(c);
             114          (ii) a child who is 18 years of age or older:
             115          (A) if the child is:
             116          (I) physically or mentally incapacitated; and
             117          (II) dependent upon the parent[, with whom the child is living at the time of the death
             118      of the parent, or who is legally bound for the child's support] who is the deceased employee;
             119      and
             120          (B) subject to the conditions of Subsections (1)(b) and (2)(b); and


             121          [(b)] (iii) for purposes of [payments] a payment to be made under Subsection
             122      34A-2-702 (5)[(a)] (b)(i), a surviving spouse with whom the deceased employee lived at the
             123      time of the employee's death.
             124          (b) Subsections (1)(a)(i) and (ii) require that:
             125          (i) the deceased employee be:
             126          (A) the parent of the child; or
             127          (B) legally bound to support the child; and
             128          (ii) the child be living with the deceased employee at the time of the death of the
             129      employee.
             130          (2) (a) In a case not provided for in Subsection (1), the question of dependency, in
             131      whole or in part, shall be determined in accordance with the facts in each particular case
             132      existing at the time of the injury or death of an employee[,]:
             133          (i) except for purposes of a dependency [reviews] review under Subsection
             134      34A-2-702 (5)[(a)] (b)(iv)[.]; and
             135          (ii) subject to the other provisions of this section.
             136          (b) A person may not be considered [as] a dependent unless that person is:
             137          (i) a member of the family of the deceased employee;
             138          (ii) the spouse of the deceased employee;
             139          (iii) a lineal descendant or ancestor of the deceased employee; or
             140          (iv) a brother or sister of the deceased employee.
             141          [(3) As used in this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act:]
             142          [(a) "brother or sister" includes a half brother or sister; and]
             143          [(b) "child" includes:]
             144          [(i) a posthumous child; or]
             145          [(ii) a child legally adopted prior to the injury.]
             146          Section 4. Section 34A-2-414 is amended to read:
             147           34A-2-414. Benefits in case of death -- Distribution of award to dependents --
             148      Death of dependents -- Remarriage of surviving spouse.
             149          (1) (a) [The] Subject to the other provisions of this section, benefits in case of death of
             150      an employee shall be paid to one or more of the dependents of the decedent employee for the
             151      benefit of all the dependents[, as may be determined by an administrative law judge].


             152          (b) [The administrative law judge may apportion the] Unless another apportionment is
             153      determined by the commission, benefits in case of death of an employee shall be apportioned
             154      among the dependents [in the manner that the administrative law judge considers just and
             155      equitable.] by:
             156          [(c) Payment to a dependent subsequent in right may be made, if the administrative law
             157      judge considers it proper, and shall operate to discharge all other claims.]
             158          (i) dividing the amount of benefits by the number of dependents; and
             159          (ii) allotting each dependent an equal share.
             160          (c) If one or more of the dependents described in Subsection (1)(a) is partly dependent,
             161      the commission may apportion the benefits in a manner different than Subsection (1)(b).
             162          (d) In the case of a minor child who is a dependent, a benefit shall be paid to:
             163          (i) the minor child's surviving parent; or
             164          (ii) if there is no surviving parent, a court appointed custodian or guardian.
             165          (2) [The dependents, or persons] A dependent or a person to whom [benefits are] a
             166      benefit is paid for a dependent, shall apply the [same] benefit to the use of the [several] one or
             167      more beneficiaries [thereof in compliance with the finding and direction of the administrative
             168      law judge].
             169          (3) In all cases of death [when], if:
             170          (a) the dependents are a surviving spouse and one or more minor children, it [shall be]
             171      is sufficient for the surviving spouse to [make application to the Division of Adjudication]
             172      apply for benefits on behalf of [that individual] the surviving spouse and the minor children;
             173      and
             174          (b) all of the dependents are [minors] minor children, [the application shall be made by
             175      the] a guardian or next friend of the minor dependents shall apply for the benefits.
             176          (4) [The] (a) An administrative law judge may, for the purpose of protecting the rights
             177      and interests of [any minor dependents the administrative law judge considers incapable of
             178      doing so, provide a method of safeguarding any payments] a minor dependent who does not
             179      have a surviving parent or court appointed custodian or guardian, direct that the benefits be
             180      deposited into an interest bearing account for the purpose of receiving a payment due the minor
             181      [dependents] dependent.
             182          (b) Monies deposited into an interest bearing account under Subsection (4)(a) shall be


             183      released to:
             184          (i) a court appointed custodian or guardian of the minor dependent when the custodian
             185      or guardian is appointed; or
             186          (ii) a minor dependent when the minor dependent becomes 18 years of age.
             187          (c) The commission, in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
             188      Rulemaking Act, may make rules related to the requirements of an interest bearing account
             189      described in Subsection (4)(a).
             190          (5) [Should any] If a dependent of a deceased employee [die] dies during the period
             191      covered by weekly payments authorized by this section, the right of the deceased dependent to
             192      compensation under this chapter or Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act, [shall cease]
             193      ceases.
             194          (6) (a) If a surviving spouse, who is a dependent of a deceased employee and who is
             195      receiving the benefits of this chapter or Chapter 3, remarries, [that individual's] the surviving
             196      spouse's sole right after the remarriage to further [payments of compensation shall be] benefits
             197      is the right to receive in a lump sum the lesser of:
             198          (i) the balance of the weekly compensation payments unpaid:
             199          (A) from the [time of remarriage] day on which the surviving spouse remarries; and
             200          (B) to the end of [six years or] 312 weeks from the date of the injury from which death
             201      resulted; or
             202          (ii) an amount equal to 52 weeks of compensation at the weekly compensation rate the
             203      surviving spouse [was] is receiving at the time of [such] the remarriage.
             204          (b) [(i)] If there are other dependents remaining [at the time of remarriage] as of the
             205      day on which a surviving spouse remarries, benefits payable under this chapter or Chapter 3,
             206      [Utah Occupational Disease Act,] shall be paid [to such person as an administrative law judge
             207      may determine,] for the use and benefit of the other dependents.
             208          [(ii) The weekly] (7) Weekly benefits to be paid under [Subsection (6)(b)(i)] this
             209      section shall be paid at intervals of not less than four weeks.
             210          Section 5. Section 34A-2-415 is amended to read:
             211           34A-2-415. Increase of benefits to a dependent -- Effect of death, marriage,
             212      majority, or termination of dependency of children -- Death, divorce, or remarriage of
             213      spouse.


             214          If [an award] a benefit is made to, or increased because of a dependent spouse or
             215      dependent minor child [or children], as provided in this chapter or Chapter 3, Utah
             216      Occupational Disease Act, the [award] benefit or increase in amount of the [award] benefit
             217      shall cease [at] on the day on which:
             218          [(1) the death, marriage, attainment of the age of 18 years, or termination of
             219      dependency of the minor child or children; or]
             220          (1) a minor child:
             221          (a) dies;
             222          (b) marries;
             223          (c) becomes 18 years of age; or
             224          (d) is no longer dependent; or
             225          (2) [upon the death, divorce, or remarriage of] the spouse of the employee[,]:
             226          (a) dies;
             227          (b) divorces the employee; or
             228          (c) subject to [the provisions in] Section 34A-2-414 relative to the remarriage of a
             229      spouse, remarries.
             230          Section 6. Section 34A-2-416 is amended to read:
             231           34A-2-416. Additional benefits in special cases.
             232          (1) [An administrative law judge may extend indefinitely benefits] Benefits received by
             233      a wholly dependent person under this chapter or Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act,
             234      extend indefinitely if at the termination of the benefits:
             235          (a) the wholly dependent person is still in a dependent condition; and
             236          (b) under all reasonable circumstances the wholly dependent person should be entitled
             237      to additional benefits.
             238          (2) If benefits are extended under Subsection (1):
             239          (a) the liability of the employer or insurance carrier involved may not be extended; and
             240          (b) the additional benefits allowed shall be paid out of the Employers' Reinsurance
             241      Fund created in Subsection 34A-2-702 (1).
             242          Section 7. Section 34A-2-702 is amended to read:
             243           34A-2-702. Employers' Reinsurance Fund -- Injury causing death -- Burial
             244      expenses -- Payments to dependents.


             245          (1) (a) There is created an Employers' Reinsurance Fund for the purpose of making
             246      [payments for] a payment for an industrial [accidents] accident or occupational [diseases]
             247      disease occurring on or before June 30, 1994. [The payments] A payment made under this
             248      section shall be made in accordance with this chapter or Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease
             249      Act. The Employers' Reinsurance Fund [shall have] has no liability for an industrial
             250      [accidents] accident or occupational [diseases] disease occurring on or after July 1, 1994.
             251          (b) The Employers' Reinsurance Fund [shall succeed] succeeds to all monies
             252      previously held in the "Special Fund," the "Combined Injury Fund," or the "Second Injury
             253      Fund."
             254          (c) The commissioner shall appoint an administrator of the Employers' Reinsurance
             255      Fund.
             256          (d) The state treasurer shall be the custodian of the Employers' Reinsurance Fund[, and
             257      the].
             258          (e) The administrator shall make provisions for and direct [its] a distribution from the
             259      Employers' Reinsurance Fund.
             260          [(e)] (f) Reasonable costs of administering the Employers' Reinsurance Fund or other
             261      fees may be paid from the [fund] Employers' Reinsurance Fund.
             262          (2) The state treasurer shall:
             263          (a) receive workers' compensation premium assessments from the State Tax
             264      Commission; and
             265          (b) invest the Employers' Reinsurance Fund to ensure maximum investment return for
             266      both long and short term investments in accordance with Section 51-7-12.5 .
             267          (3) (a) The administrator may employ, retain, or appoint counsel to represent the
             268      Employers' Reinsurance Fund in [proceedings] a proceeding brought to enforce [claims] a
             269      claim against or on behalf of the [fund] Employers' Reinsurance Fund.
             270          (b) If requested by the commission, the attorney general shall aid in representation of
             271      the [fund] Employers' Reinsurance Fund.
             272          (4) The liability of the state, its departments, agencies, instrumentalities, elected or
             273      appointed officials, or other duly authorized agents, with respect to payment of [any]
             274      compensation benefits, expenses, fees, medical expenses, or disbursement properly chargeable
             275      against the Employers' Reinsurance Fund, is limited to the cash or assets in the Employers'


             276      Reinsurance Fund, and they are not otherwise, in any way, liable for the operation, debts, or
             277      obligations of the Employers' Reinsurance Fund.
             278          (5) (a) If injury causes death within a period of 312 weeks from the date of the
             279      accident, the employer or insurance carrier shall pay:
             280          (i) the burial expenses of the deceased as provided in Section 34A-2-418 [,]; and
             281      [further]
             282          (ii) benefits in the [amounts] amount and to [the persons in accordance with
             283      Subsections (5)(a) through (c)] a person provided for in this Subsection (5).
             284          [(a)] (b) (i) If there [are] is a wholly dependent [persons] person at the time of the
             285      death, the payment by the employer or its insurance carrier shall be:
             286          (A) subject to Subsections (5)(b)(i)(B) and (C), 66-2/3% of the decedent's average
             287      weekly wage at the time of the injury[, but];
             288          (B) not more than a maximum of 85% of the state average weekly wage at the time of
             289      the injury per week; and
             290          (C) (I) not less than a minimum of $45 per week, plus:
             291          (Aa) $5 for a dependent spouse[, plus]; and
             292          (Bb) $5 for each dependent minor child under the age of 18 years, up to a maximum of
             293      four such dependent minor children[, but]; and
             294          (II) not exceeding:
             295          (Aa) the average weekly wage of the employee at the time of the injury[,]; and [not
             296      exceeding]
             297          (Bb) 85% of the state average weekly wage at the time of the injury per week.
             298          (ii) Compensation shall continue during dependency for the remainder of the period
             299      between the date of the death and the expiration of 312 weeks after the date of the injury.
             300          (iii) The payment by the employer or its insurance carrier to a wholly dependent
             301      [persons] person during dependency following the expiration of the first 312-week period
             302      described in Subsection (5)(a)(i) shall be an amount equal to the weekly benefits paid to [those]
             303      the wholly dependent [persons] person during that initial 312-week period, reduced by 50% of
             304      any weekly federal Social Security death benefits paid to [those] the wholly dependent
             305      [persons] person.
             306          (iv) The issue of dependency [shall be] is subject to review [by an administrative law


             307      judge] at the end of the initial 312-week period and annually after the initial 312-week period.
             308      If in [any] a review it is determined that, under the facts and circumstances existing at that
             309      time, the applicant is no longer a wholly dependent person, the applicant:
             310          (A) may be considered a partly dependent or nondependent person; and
             311          (B) shall be paid [such] the benefits as [the administrative law judge may determine]
             312      may be determined under Subsection (5)[(b)(iii)] (d)(iii).
             313          [(v)] (c)(i) For purposes of [any] a dependency determination, a surviving spouse of a
             314      deceased employee [shall be] is conclusively presumed to be wholly dependent for a 312-week
             315      period from the date of death of the employee. This presumption [shall] does not apply after
             316      the initial 312-week period [and, in].
             317          (ii) In determining the [then existing] annual income of the surviving spouse after the
             318      initial 312-week period, [the administrative law judge shall exclude] 50% of any federal Social
             319      Security death benefits received by that surviving spouse shall be excluded.
             320          [(b)] (d) (i) If there [are] is a partly dependent [persons] person at the time of the death,
             321      the payment shall be:
             322          (A) subject to Subsection (5)(d)(i)(B) and (C), 66-2/3% of the decedent's average
             323      weekly wage at the time of the injury[, but];
             324          (B) not more than a maximum of 85% of the state average weekly wage at the time of
             325      the injury per week; and
             326          (C) not less than a minimum of $45 per week.
             327          (ii) Compensation shall continue during dependency for the remainder of the period
             328      between the date of death and the expiration of 312 weeks after the date of injury [as the
             329      administrative law judge in each case may determine]. Compensation may not amount to more
             330      than a maximum of $30,000.
             331          (iii) The benefits provided for in this Subsection (5)(d) shall be in keeping with the
             332      circumstances and conditions of dependency existing at the date of injury, and any amount
             333      [awarded by the administrative law judge] paid under this Subsection (5)(d) shall be consistent
             334      with the general provisions of this chapter and Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act.
             335          (iv) Benefits to [persons] a person determined to be partly dependent under Subsection
             336      (5)[(a)(v)] (c):
             337          (A) shall be determined [by the administrative law judge] in keeping with the


             338      circumstances and conditions of dependency existing at the time of the dependency review; and
             339          (B) may be paid in an amount not exceeding the maximum weekly rate that a partly
             340      dependent [persons] person would receive if wholly dependent.
             341          (v) [Payments] A payment under this section shall be paid to [such persons] a person
             342      during [their] the person's dependency by the employer or its insurance carrier.
             343          [(c) If] (e) (i) Subject to Subsection (5)(e)(ii), if there [are] is a wholly dependent
             344      [persons] person and also a partly dependent [persons] person at the time of death, [the
             345      administrative law judge may apportion] the benefits [as the administrative law judge considers
             346      just and equitable; provided, that the] may be apportioned in a manner consistent with Section
             347      34A-2-414 .
             348          (ii) The total benefits awarded to all parties concerned [do] may not exceed the
             349      maximum provided for by law.
             350          (6) The Employers' Reinsurance Fund:
             351          (a) shall be:
             352          (i) used only in accordance with Subsection (1) for:
             353          (A) the purpose of making [payments] a payment for an industrial [accidents] accident
             354      or occupational [diseases] disease occurring on or before June 30, 1994, in accordance with
             355      this section and Section 34A-2-703 ; and
             356          (B) payment of:
             357          (I) reasonable costs of administering the Employers' Reinsurance Fund; or
             358          (II) fees required to be paid by the Employers' Reinsurance Fund;
             359          (ii) expended according to processes that can be verified by audit; and
             360          (b) may not be used for:
             361          (i) administrative costs unrelated to the [fund] Employers' Reinsurance Fund; or
             362          (ii) [any] an activity of the commission other than an activity described in Subsection
             363      (6)(a).
             364          Section 8. Section 34A-2-801 is amended to read:
             365           34A-2-801. Initiating adjudicative proceedings -- Procedure for review of
             366      administrative action.
             367          (1) (a) To contest an action of the employee's employer or its insurance carrier
             368      concerning a compensable industrial accident or occupational disease alleged by the


             369      employee[,] or a dependent any of the following shall file an application for hearing with the
             370      Division of Adjudication:
             371          (i) the employee; [or]
             372          (ii) a representative of the employee, the qualifications of whom are defined in rule by
             373      the commission[.]; or
             374          (iii) a dependent as described in Section 34A-2-403 .
             375          (b) To appeal the imposition of a penalty or other administrative act imposed by the
             376      division on the employer or its insurance carrier for failure to comply with this chapter or
             377      Chapter 3, Utah Occupational Disease Act, any of the following shall file an application for
             378      hearing with the Division of Adjudication:
             379          (i) the employer;
             380          (ii) the insurance carrier; or
             381          (iii) a representative of either the employer or the insurance carrier, the qualifications
             382      of whom are defined in rule by the commission.
             383          (c) A person providing goods or services described in Subsections 34A-2-407 (12) and
             384      34A-3-108 (12) may file an application for hearing in accordance with Section 34A-2-407 or
             385      34A-3-108 .
             386          (d) An attorney may file an application for hearing in accordance with Section
             387      34A-1-309 .
             388          (2) Unless a party in interest appeals the decision of an administrative law judge in
             389      accordance with Subsection (3), the decision of an administrative law judge on an application
             390      for hearing filed under Subsection (1) is a final order of the commission 30 days after the [date]
             391      day on which the decision is issued.
             392          (3) (a) A party in interest may appeal the decision of an administrative law judge by
             393      filing a motion for review with the Division of Adjudication within 30 days of the date the
             394      decision is issued.
             395          (b) Unless a party in interest to the appeal requests under Subsection (3)(c) that the
             396      appeal be heard by the Appeals Board, the commissioner shall hear the review.
             397          (c) A party in interest may request that an appeal be heard by the Appeals Board by
             398      filing the request with the Division of Adjudication:
             399          (i) as part of the motion for review; or


             400          (ii) if requested by a party in interest who did not file a motion for review, within 20
             401      days of the [date] day on which the motion for review is filed with the Division of
             402      Adjudication.
             403          (d) A case appealed to the Appeals Board shall be decided by the majority vote of the
             404      Appeals Board.
             405          (4) All records on appeals shall be maintained by the Division of Adjudication. Those
             406      records shall include an appeal docket showing the receipt and disposition of the appeals on
             407      review.
             408          (5) Upon appeal, the commissioner or Appeals Board shall make its decision in
             409      accordance with Section 34A-1-303 .
             410          (6) The commissioner or Appeals Board shall promptly notify the parties to [any
             411      proceedings] a proceeding before it of its decision, including its findings and conclusions.
             412          (7) The decision of the commissioner or Appeals Board is final unless within 30 days
             413      after the date the decision is issued further appeal is initiated under the provisions of this
             414      section or Title 63, Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act.
             415          (8) (a) Within 30 days after the [date] day on which the decision of the commissioner
             416      or Appeals Board is issued, [any] an aggrieved party may secure judicial review by
             417      commencing an action in the court of appeals against the commissioner or Appeals Board for
             418      the review of the decision of the commissioner or Appeals Board.
             419          (b) In an action filed under Subsection (8)(a):
             420          (i) any other party to the proceeding before the commissioner or Appeals Board shall
             421      be made a party; and
             422          (ii) the commission shall be made a party.
             423          (c) A party claiming to be aggrieved may seek judicial review only if the party [has
             424      exhausted] exhausts the party's remedies before the commission as provided by this section.
             425          (d) At the request of the court of appeals, the commission shall certify and file with the
             426      court all documents and papers and a transcript of all testimony taken in the matter together
             427      with the decision of the commissioner or Appeals Board.





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