Recently The Industrial Commission of Arizona recognized Arizona Senator Karen Fann for her work in protecting the State’s workers.

“Every year at the Capitol we recognize a legislative member who has gone above and beyond to promote workplace safety and health with a golden hard hat. This year for her dedication to the work comp community and the state of Arizona we recognized President @FannKfann Thank you!” – Industrial Commission of Arizona.

The Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) was created in 1925 as a result of legislation implementing the constitutional provisions establishing a workers’ compensation system.

From 1925 to 1969, the workers’ compensation system consisted of the State Compensation Fund, which was then a part of the Industrial Commission, and self-insured employers which generally comprised the mining and the railroad companies. In 1969 the workers’ compensation system reorganized and expanded to include private insurance companies. The State Compensation Fund was split off from the Industrial Commission and established as a separate agency responsible for providing workers’ compensation insurance coverage. The Industrial Commission retained both its responsibility as the file of record and its authority over the processing of workers’ compensation claims. Since that time, the role of the Industrial Commission has included other labor-related issues such as occupational safety and health, youth employment laws, resolution of wage-related disputes, minimum wage, vocational rehabilitation, workers’ compensation coverage for claimants of uninsured employers, insolvent insurance carriers, and self-insured employers.

The policy-setting body for the ICA is a five-member Commission whose members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to staggered five-year terms. The Commission oversees an Agency with approximately 215 employees and an FY16 operational budget of approximately $19.9 million. As a non-general fund agency, the Industrial Commission is funded by an annual assessment on workers’ compensation premiums that cannot exceed 3%.

A five-member Commission is responsible for determining the policy of the Industrial Commission of Arizona. Each Commissioner is appointed by the Governor to a five-year staggered term.

In addition to establishing the policy of the Commission, the Commissioners also perform a variety of other functions that include:

  • Approving the issuance of occupational safety and health citations with penalties in excess of $2,500;
  • Approving the issuance of cease and desist orders and penalties for youth employment law violations;
  • Promulgating agency rules;
  • Authorizing the self-insurance authority for individual employers and workers’ compensation pools;
  • Establishing a Physicians’ and Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule on an annual basis;
  • Approving penalties for employers who fail to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees;
  • Acting on requests from injured workers to commute their monthly workers’ compensation awards to lump sum amounts;
  • Acting on occupational safety and health discrimination complaints;
  • Establishing the annual tax assessment rates on workers’ compensation premiums to fund the agency and Special Fund;

Meet the Commissioners : https://www.azica.gov/meet-commissioners

Info on ICA courtesy of ICA Website: https://www.azica.gov/