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CRB Case Annotations re: Section 31-297a

Informal Hearings.

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Costa v. United Nuclear Corp., 16 Conn. Workers’ Comp. Rev. Op. 101, 2296 CRB-2-95-1 (November 20, 1996).

Commissioner is authorized to make recommendations at an informal hearing that shall be reduced to writing and, if accepted by parties, made binding as an award. Although proceeding in question was actually a formal hearing, commissioner at hearing testified that § 31-297a most closely approximated his authority to make agreement. Claimant argued that the resulting agreement had no effect under Act, but board disagreed. As long as claimant understood its nature and scope, the commissioner had authority to memorialize that agreement as a binding stipulation. Fact that hearing was formal rather than informal did not prevent document from taking legal effect. See also, Costa, § 31-315 and Rules of Professional Conduct.

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