Montana Title 39. Labor § 39-71-541. Uninsured employer as party to benefits disputes--indemnification by uninsured employer for benefits paid--lien for payment--levy and execution

(1) An uninsured employer or an employer alleged to be uninsured is a party to all disputes concerning any benefits for which the employer may become obligated to indemnify the department pursuant to 39-71-504(1)(b) .

(2)(a) After mediation pursuant to department rules, an uninsured employer or an employer alleged to be uninsured is joined as a party when a dispute over benefits is brought before the workers' compensation judge pursuant to 39-71-2905 .

(b) The workers' compensation judge may enter a judgment, including a default judgment, requiring an uninsured employer to indemnify the department with respect to any benefits paid or ordered payable by the department in relation to the claim.

(c) If a judgment ordered under subsection (2)(b) includes a specific amount paid or ordered payable, the department may issue to the uninsured employer a certificate listing the amount of payment due and directing the clerk of the district court of any county in the state to enter the certificate as a judgment on the docket pursuant to 25-9-301 .  The judgment becomes a lien on all real property of the uninsured employer from the time of being entered on the docket.

(3)(a) An uninsured employer is obligated to make claim reimbursements as provided in 39-71-504(1)(b) , plus the interest and other charges assessed on the claim reimbursement as provided in 39-71-504(2) , when demand for those payments is made to the uninsured employer.

(b) If the uninsured employer does not make the payments and does not dispute the obligation in the manner provided by 39-71-520 , the department may issue a certificate listing the amount of payment due and directing the clerk of the district court of any county in the state to enter the certificate as a judgment on the docket pursuant to 25-9-301 .  The judgment becomes a lien on all real property of the uninsured employer from the time of being entered on the docket.

(4) A judgment lien filed pursuant to this section may be renewed for another 10-year period upon motion of the lienholder or by a judgment for that purpose.


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