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§ 112.401. Election of Coverage by Certain Professional Athletes

(a) A professional athlete employed by a franchise with workers’ compensation insurance coverage and subject to the Texas Labor Code, § 406.095, shall elect to receive either the benefits available under the Act or the equivalent benefits available under the athlete’s contract or collective bargaining agreement. The election shall be made not later than the 15th day after the athlete sustains an injury in the course and scope of employment. If the athlete fails to make an election, the athlete will be presumed to have elected the option which provides the highest benefits.

(b) When a contract is signed by a professional athlete, the employer shall give the athlete a copy of the following statement: “(Name of employer) has workers’ compensation coverage from (name of insurance carrier). If the benefits available to you under your contract and any applicable collective bargaining agreement are equivalent to or greater than those available to you under the Texas Labor Code, § 406.095 you are required to elect whether to receive the benefits available to you under the Act or the benefits available to you under your contract and any applicable collective bargaining agreement. You must make this election no later than 15 days after sustaining an injury. If you elect to receive the benefits available to you under your contract and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, you cannot obtain workers’ compensation income or medical benefits if you are injured. You can get more information about your workers’ compensation rights and the benefits available to you under the Act from any office of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission, or by calling 1-800-252-7031.”

(c) The election shall be in writing and shall:

(1) indicate the date of the injury for which the election is being made;

(2) indicate whether the athlete elects to receive the benefits available under the Act or the benefits provided under the contract or agreement; and

(3) be signed by the athlete and the employer.

(d) If the athlete elects to receive the benefits available under the Act, a legible copy of the election shall be provided to the Commission in the form and manner prescribed by the Commission, within 10 days of the date of execution. A copy must also be provided to the franchise’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier within 10 days of the date of execution. The franchise shall maintain the original election and provide a copy to the athlete.

(e) If the athlete elects to receive the benefits available under the contract and any agreement, the election shall be provided to the franchise’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier by personal delivery or registered or certified mail within 10 days of the date of execution. An agreement is not considered filed if it is illegible or incomplete. Both the athlete and the franchise shall keep a copy of the election.

(f) An election made under this section is irrevocable and binding on the athlete and the athlete’s legal beneficiaries for a compensable injury incurred on the date specified in the election.

The provisions of this § 112.401 adopted to be effective October 1, 1992, 17 TexReg 6362; amended to be effective March 13, 2000, 25 TexReg 2082.

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§ 112.401. Election of Coverage by Certain Professional Athletes

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Title 28. Insurance

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