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      RS 23:1625.1     


§1625.1.  Prompt determination of claims; duty of employers

A. In making determinations of claims, the administrator shall require that information necessary for the prompt determination of claims be sought from each employer. Employers shall adequately and timely provide wage, employment, and separation information, and shall complete all forms and reports needed by the administrator or his designee to make a proper determination.

(1)  A response to such requests shall be timely if it is received within the time specified in the notice.

(2)  A response shall be adequate if it provides sufficient facts to enable the agency to make the correct determination.  A response shall not be considered inadequate if the agency failed to ask for all necessary information.

B.(1)  If an employer fails to provide information in an adequate or timely manner without good cause, the employer shall be deemed to have abandoned its appeal rights as provided for in R.S. 23:1629 through 1634, and a determination to that effect shall be issued. Any appeal filed by such an employer, other than with regard to the timeliness or adequacy of fulfilling its obligations in Subsection A of this Section, shall be dismissed, and such employer shall be liable for any resulting benefits paid, except as provided in Subsection C of this Section.  If the employer's failure to adequately or timely respond results in an improper benefit payment, the employer shall also be subject to the provisions of R.S. 23:1553.1.

(2)  If the employer has good cause for failing to provide the information in the time frame requested, the employer's appeal rights shall not be deemed to be abandoned. For the purposes of this Section, good cause may be established if the employer:

(a)  Made reasonable attempts to provide the information within the time frame requested.

(b)  Was prevented from complying due to compelling circumstances.

C.  In any appeal pursuant to R.S. 23:1629, the referee may, in his discretion as defined in Subsection D of this Section, hear the employer's appeal or call the employer, the claimant, or both as witnesses.

D.  In reviewing the merits of the case, to determine good cause, the referee shall take into consideration the following: whether the failure to provide information was deliberate or knowing, whether the employer has failed to provide complete or accurate information in other instances, or whether the employer was represented by counsel or a professional representative who knew or should have known of the employer's obligation to respond timely.

Acts 2009, No. 149, §1, eff. April 1, 2010; Acts 2014, No. 497, §1.

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