(cf former s 102A)
(1) Weekly payments of compensation are to commence as soon as practicable (but not later than 21 days) after the claim for compensation is duly made.
(2) If the person on whom a claim is made disputes liability to make the weekly payments within 21 days after the claim for compensation is duly made, the obligation under this section to commence the weekly payments (or the balance of the weekly payments in dispute) does not apply.Note : If liability is disputed the worker can refer the dispute to conciliation. See section 101.
(3) If a person has a reasonable excuse for failing to commence weekly payments of compensation (or the balance of weekly payments in dispute) within 21 days after the claim for compensation is duly made, subsections (1) and (2) apply to the weekly payments as if a reference in those subsections to 21 days were a reference to the period that ends--(a) 42 days after the claim for compensation is duly made, or(b) when the person ceases to have that reasonable excuse,whichever is earlier.
(4) An employer has such a reasonable excuse if--(a) the employer has duly forwarded the claim for compensation to an insurer who the employer believes is liable to indemnify the employer in respect of the claim, and(b) the employer has complied with all reasonable requests of the insurer with respect to the claim.
(5) A person who has or anticipates having such a reasonable excuse must notify the claimant in writing as soon as practicable.
(6) This section ceases to apply if the claim for compensation is withdrawn.