On October 1, 2011, a new law took effect concerning the calculation of dependency benefits in death claims filed where the injured or disabled worker's date of death is on or after October 1, 2011. All Maryland employers and covered employees will be impacted by the changes in the law, with the exception of certain county or municipal corporation public safety employees subject to the statutory presumption set forth in LE § 9-503. As a county or incorporated municipality, you may elect to have the provisions of the new law, specifically LE §§ 9-683.1 through §§ 9-683.5, apply to your public safety presumption employees.  
  Emergency Regulations, which set forth the procedures for electing to "opt in" to the new death benefits system, are now in effect and may be accessed through the Commission's website at www.wcc.state.md.us/Gen_Info/Dependent_Claim_Opt_In.htm or through the Division of State Documents' website at www.dsd.state.md.us.  
  Before you begin, you must have the following:
  1. The WCC-assigned Employer Number for the county or municipality. If you do not have the Employer Number, please send an email to Opt_In_Info@wcc.state.md.us using the subject line "Employer Number" and the Commission will provide it by return email.
  2. The county or municipality must first pass an ordinance or resolution making the election.
  3. The official name and address of the entity filing for election, along with its Federal Employer Identification (FEIN).
  4. The contact information of the person who is to receive the Notice of Acknowledgement from the Workers' Compensation Commission.
  5. An electronic copy of the ordinance or resolution must be submitted with the online opt-in election form, using the Add Attachment Button at the bottom of the page.
  6. Installation of the Formatta Filler 7.0 PC software so that you can open and complete the online form. The Windows-based client can be downloaded from http://www.formatta.com/page_Downloads/Product.html
Employer Number:  
  By submitting the form, you are certifying under penalty of perjury that you are an authorized representative of the county or municipality and that the document attached to the online form is a true and correct copy of the ordinance or resolution adopted by the named county or municipality.  
  After submitting the form online, the contact person will receive an email from the Commission acknowledging receipt of the form. THIS IS NOT THE NOTICE OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE ELECTION.  
  A NOTICE OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT will be mailed to the contact person after the Commission has reviewed the form and verified the information for accuracy and completeness. The date of the Notice of Acknowledgement will be the effective date of the election to "opt-in" to the provisions of the new law for ALL county and municipal covered employees.