NATURE OF WORK
An Assistant to the Commission II Workers’ Compensation Commission is the full performance level of work providing paralegal support to a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner in the review, adjudication and processing of contested workers’ compensation claims. Employees in this classification do not supervise.
Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner.
Positions in this classification are evaluated using the Classification Job Evaluation Methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a class specification.
The Assistant to the Commissioner Trainee, I and II Workers' Compensation Commission are differentiated on the basis of the degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Assistant to the Commissioner Trainee Workers' Compensation Commission performs duties under close supervision, the Assistant to the Commissioner I Workers' Compensation Commission performs duties under close supervision at times and general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed, and the Assistant to the Commissioner II Workers' Compensation Commission performs the full range of duties under general supervision. The Assistant to the Commission II is differentiated from the Assistant to the Commission Lead/Advanced in that the Assistant to the Commission Lead/Advanced assigns, reviews and approves the work of and trains lower-level Assistants to the Commissioner or serves as a technical subject matter expert in the work.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
Provides paralegal support to a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner;
Researches interpretations of workers' compensation laws and regulations for use by a Commissioner in order to provide a Commissioner with relevant information needed for the adjudication of workers’ compensation claims;
Discusses proposed decisions that may be contrary to law with the Commissioner;
Examines case documents for legal sufficiency and examines and verifies medical bills for completeness and accuracy;
Coordinates the flow of legal documents and information between other divisions of the Workers' Compensation Commission and a Commissioner;
Calculates and composes Awards of Compensation; dictates Awards of Compensation, Orders of various kinds and correspondence to clerical staff and supervises their preparation;
Obtains information and answers inquiries from claimants, insurance representatives, attorneys, employers and other persons;
Examines Compromise and Settlement Agreements in order to insure accuracy of information and documentation filed;
Reviews Lump Sum Applications, determines balance of compensation to be awarded and recommends approval or disapproval to a Commissioner;
Transmits orders and instructions with the authority of the Commissioner;
In emergencies, acts for the Commissioner in calling the hearing docket, receiving stipulations and accepting exhibits;
Prepares proposed stipulations in correct legal form and recommends acceptance or rejection;
Reviews continuance requests and decides whether or not the continuance can be granted; maintains the hearing schedule of the Commissioner;
Provides guidance to lower-level Assistants to the Commissioner;
Performs other related duties.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the function, organization, policies, procedures, and governing laws and regulations of the Workers' Compensation Commission;
Knowledge of business mathematics, business English, spelling, punctuation and grammar;
Ability to perform legal research and to make decisions in accordance with applicable laws and regulations;
Ability to calculate and compose Awards of Compensation;
Ability to review supportive documentation in a workers’ compensation claim for conformity to law, regulations and policies;
Ability to maintain case files and schedules;
Ability to prepare and present recommendations and information clearly and concisely;
Ability to maintain the confidentiality of case files, records and testimony;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with commissioners, attorneys, agency staff, claimants and the general public;
Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work;
Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment in executing work assignments.
Education: Graduation from a standard high school or possession of a state high school equivalence certificate.
Experience: Three years of experience in work requiring knowledge of the function, organization, procedures, and governing laws and regulations of the Workers' Compensation Commission.
Eighteen months experience providing paralegal support to a Worker’s Compensation Commissioner in the review, adjudication and processing of contested workers’ compensation claims.
1. Additional experience in work requiring knowledge of the function, organization, procedures and governing laws and regulations of the Workers’ Compensation Commission may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.
2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Paralegal Specialist classifications or Paralegal Specialist specialty codes in the Legal and Kindred field of work involving workers’ compensation claims on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Demonstrated ability to accurately keyboard on a typewriter, a personal computer, computer terminal or work processor at a minimum of forty words per minute may be required, depending on the specific requirements of the position.
Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.
September 1, 2014
Director, Division of Classification and Salary