The Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission (AWCC) and the laws it administers were created effective December 5, 1940. Workers' compensation insurance is directed to the moral, social and economic benefits of protecting employers, employees, and their dependents from financial burdens imposed by job-related injury and disease. Arkansas law provides that employers in categories not specifically exempted must provide insurance coverage for employee costs incurred as a result of job-related accidents and disease.
The AWCC is not an insurance company. Rather, it enforces the workers' compensation laws to ensure that all covered employers secure insurance coverage from commercial carriers or through self-insurance programs. In addition, the AWCC regulates workers' compensation awards to insure that benefit providers make correct and timely payments to eligible claimants.
The extent of disability and the fairness of total compensation can be an item of dispute among the parties involved. The AWCC, through its three Commissioners and a staff of Administrative Law Judges, adjudicates disputed workers' compensation cases with binding decisions that can be appealed to the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court.
The three-member commission is responsible for the administration of the workers' compensation laws in Arkansas. The Commissioners are appointed by the Governor for a term of six years. One of the Commissioners represents the interest of labor, another management, and the Chairman acts as a neutral party, representing the interests of the public.
The administrative and regulatory functions of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission include monitoring all claims and benefit payment to injured workers, processing settlements, lump sum payments, and requests for changes in physicians; ensuring that employers maintain required insurance coverage; approving applications of employers to act as self-insurers; and participating in programs to explain the functions of the Commission to the general public. The divisions that assist in carrying out these functions are: Adjudication, Administrative Services, Clerk of the Commission, Data Processing, Health and Safety, Legal Advisor, Medical Cost Containment, Operations and Compliance, Self-Insurer, Special Funds, and Support Services. All these divisions operate under the direction of a Chief Executive Officer.
State of Arkansas
Workers' Compensation Commission
324 Spring Street
P.O. Box 950
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0950
Telephone 1-501-682-3930 / 1-800-622-4472
Legal Advisor Direct 1-800-250-2511
Arkansas Relay System TDD 1-800-285-1131
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