For the purposes of this subchapter, the following definitions apply:
(1) "Declaration" means a sworn statement by the employer on the application for reimbursement that the requested reimbursement is only for the workers' compensation premiums paid for a student employed in a qualified high-quality work-based learning opportunity.
(2) "Department" means the Department of Labor and Industry.
(3) "Employer" means a profit or non-profit business entity that hires a student pursuant to a learning partnership agreement.
(4) "Employment" means a student's term-limited, paid, on-the-job instruction in a high-quality work-based learning opportunity pursuant to a learning partnership agreement for academic credit.
(5) "Enrolled" means a student has successfully completed a qualified high-quality work-based learning opportunity.
(6) "Learning partnership agreement" means an agreement setting forth expectations and commitments for the student's employment in a high-quality work-based learning opportunity. Each agreement must include:
(a) a description of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including two hours of safety instruction;
(b) the days and hours of employment;
(c) the wage that the student will be paid;
(d) the criteria for determining how the high-quality work-based learning opportunity and the student's skill development will be evaluated;
(e) the criteria for earning academic credit;
(f) the number of credits to be earned; and
(g) signatures by the school or other educational provider, the employer, the participating student, and the student's parents if the student is a minor.
(7) "Notice of eligibility" means an e-mail sent to the employer by the department after the school, or other educational provider, completes registration at the end of a semester. The notice of eligibility notifies the employer that they can submit an application for reimbursement. The notice of eligibility is not a guarantee of reimbursement.
(8) "Portal" means a department-created online database for a school, or other educational provider, to register information relating to high-quality work-based learning programs and for employers to apply for reimbursement of workers' compensation premiums paid on behalf of a student.
(9) "Qualified high-quality work-based learning opportunity" means a successfully completed high-quality work-based learning opportunity. The school's registration of the employer in the department's portal confers qualification on the high-quality work-based learning opportunity.
(10) "Safety instruction" means learning activities, as generally described in ARM 24.30.2521, which teach about safety issues pertaining to the specific high-quality work-based learning opportunity. The methods, materials, and resources should be standard for the industry of the employer.
(11) "Safety training program" means the process which provides employees with knowledge and skills to perform work in a way that is safe for the individual employee and their co-workers as generally described in ARM 24.30.2521. It includes instructions and guidelines to identify hazards, report them, and deal with incidents.
(12) "Student" means an individual enrolled in a high-quality work-based learning opportunity through a secondary school or equivalent educational provider.
(13) "Term-limited educational program" means a semester-long high-quality work-based learning opportunity.
(14) "Workers' compensation premium" means the premiums that the employer pays for each student's workers' compensation coverage while the student is employed in a high-quality work-based learning opportunity.
History: 39-71-319, MCA; IMP, 39-71-319, MCA; NEW, 2020 MAR p. 2432, Eff. 12/25/20.