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State Commissioner of Labor Brenda Reneau today announced the state Department of Labor has developed a \"transition question and answer\" document to cover issues most frequently raised since the repeal of the Certificate of Non-Coverage (CNC) program.
Reneau indicated the FAQs were necessary given the amount of unrest the new worker's compensation law created in regard to CNC cards.
"The Oklahoma Department of Labor has received thousands of communications - calls and emails or walk-in visits - from independent contractors and other effected by the end of the CNC program," she said.
While some state lawmakers are indicating otherwise, the prevailing analysis of state officials is the new worker's compensation law, indeed, abolished the CNC program when it went into effect July 1.
CNC cards exempt independent contractors from having to purchase worker's compensation insurance.
Some lawmakers have requested Gov. Brad Henry amend the itinerary for an upcoming special session of the Legislature to revisit the CNC issue, but the governor - as yet - hasn't indicated he will.
In late June, Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland indicated her agency would honor all CNCs that were issued prior to July 1 until their normal expiration dates.
In addition, Reneau extended the hours of her agency leading up to July 1 to make it easier for current CNC card holders to renew their cards and to allow eligible, independent contractors who hadn't yet obtained cards get them prior to July 1.
And, as per AG Opinion 5-22, state Attorney General Drew Edmondson has indicated he believes both Holland's and Reneau's actions are in accordance with state law.
In the new, FAQ document posted on the state Labor Department's Web site, the agency answers the 16 questions most frequently asked questions of recent weeks and it addresses related issues, like the "rebuttable presumption" of IC status, the role of the Workers' Compensation Court in reviewing claims, how to obtain workers' comp insurance if necessary, and the current status of alternative or transition programs.
The document also includes complete contact information for agencies that deal with workers' comp issues every day.
The "Transition Q&A" is available on the home page of the agency, www.okdol.state.ok.us , or at