The following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(1) Employer Initiation of Benefits--Money paid by an employer to the employee to compensate the employee for lost wages or paid by the employer for medical expenses during a period in which the carrier has either:
(A) contested compensability of the injury;
(B) contested liability for the injury; or
(C) has not completed its initial investigation of the injury which is limited to seven days after the carrier receives first written notice of the injury as defined in § 124.1 of this title (relating to Notice of Injury).
(2) Nonpecuniary Wages--Wages paid to an employee in a form other than money. Examples of nonpecuniary wages include but are not limited to:
(A) Health insurance premiums;
(E) Payment of professional license fees;
(F) Food/Meals; and
(G) Provision of a vehicle/fuel.
(3) Pecuniary Wages--Wages paid to an employee in the form of money. Examples of pecuniary wages include, but are not limited to:
(A) Hourly, weekly, biweekly, monthly (etc.) wages;
(C) Piecework compensation;
(D) Any monetary allowance such as for health insurance premiums, vehicle/fuel, food/meals, clothing/uniforms, laundry/cleaning, or lodging/housing/rent;
(E) Monetary bonuses earned or accrued by the employee; and
(4) Unrecoupable overpayment--The amount of benefits paid by the carrier to the claimant which were not owed and which were not recoverable or convertible from other income benefits.
The provisions of this § 126.1 adopted to be effective December 26, 1999, 24 TexReg 11399.