COMPENSATION REVIEW BOARD HEARING ALTERNATIVES FOR MARCH 27, 2020 DOCKET
March 18, 2020
The following notice has been sent to the parties scheduled for the Compensation Review Board hearings that are to be held on Friday, March 27, 2020:
In order to comply with the social distancing measures made necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19 and the existing measures taken by the Workers’ Compensation Commission to dramatically reduce the need for in person hearings, the Compensation Review Board is now offering the following alternatives for the scheduled March 27, 2020 CRB docket.
- Parties may file a motion to postpone oral argument. As always we ask the parties to communicate if they are in agreement as to the postponement. Requests to postpone will be generally favored.
- As always, parties may choose to waive oral argument and proceed on the basis of the papers submitted in the prosecution or defense of the scheduled appeal. It will be up to each party to individually decide if this is how they wish to proceed. Stated another way, if one side wishes to waive oral argument, the other side may choose to participate in oral argument. Thus, the legal argument of the party waiving oral argument will be considered on the basis of the papers submitted, and the oral argument of the other party will go forward as stated below.
- Oral argument will be conducted via telephonic conferencing. We anticipate utilizing procedures similar to those that will be used for district office hearings. As was noted in the publication on the agency website dated March 16, 2020 re TEMPORARY EMERGENCY GUIDELINES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK, we are still working out some of the logistics that will enable us to conduct meaningful hearings via a different technology.
We envision that parties who participate in oral argument should anticipate a conference call at some point during the time period their appeal is slotted to be heard. E.G., if you are scheduled for a 9:00 AM hearing be prepared to participate in a conference call starting at some time between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM.
We know that these are challenging times for all of us. We also know that our ability to accommodate your needs will be dependent on both our levels of staffing and consequently, may be subject to change. We appreciate your patience and understanding.