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NUMBER 2013-040

ISSUED  APRIL 17, 2013


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission











Job Title



Pay Schedule

and Range





Workers’ Compensation Judge


MA11 (Step 4)





VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.




This is quasi-judicial work in the adjudication of Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease cases.  You will conduct mediations and quasi-judicial hearings and render decisions in accordance with Pennsylvania laws governing Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases.  Work is performed within the broad framework of laws, regulations, and policies and is subject to general review by administrative supervisors through conferences and an evaluation of written decisions, conduct of proceedings and reports.




You must be willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.


You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.


Conditions of Employment

Workers’ Compensation Judges must abide by the Governor’s Code of Conduct and the Workers’ Compensation Act, including but not limited to those that prohibit the practice of law, and the conditions established for Workers’ Compensation Judges through Act 57 of 1996.


Necessary Special Requirement

You must be an attorney in good standing before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


Minimum Requirements

Five years of Workers’ Compensation practice before administrative agencies, or equivalent experience.


Clarification of Requirements

Only experience gained after graduation from an approved school of law will be considered qualifying.


Equivalent experience is defined as experience practicing before administrative agencies or courts of record on cases that involved the relationship between a person’s physical or psychological impairment and his or her ability to work.  This experience must have been in the capacity of one or a combination of the following:


·     Presiding over judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings as a judge, magistrate, or hearing officer

·     Acting as a legal representative in judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings (Experience assisting attorneys in actual hearings is considered acceptable)

·     Experience as a law clerk or opinion writer


If you did not work full-time in an acceptable area of the law, but have, over several years, handled cases that were related (e.g., social security disability, personal injury workers’ compensation, etc.), your experience will be pro-rated to determine if you have the equivalent of 5 years of full-time experience.  You must indicate on your application the number of hours you worked per week and the percentage of time you spent working in a related area of law.  If you do not include this information on your application you may be deemed ineligible.





Positions are located in 22 field offices throughout the Commonwealth under the jurisdiction of the Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.


It is anticipated that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry will fill positions in Allentown, Bristol, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Reading Offices.


Lists created by this test will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.


For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Human Resources, Staffing Services Division, 651 Boas Street, Room 1418, Harrisburg, PA  17121; Telephone:  (717) 787-9767;





The written work simulation test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office.


After your eligibility is determined, you will receive notification to schedule yourself for testing.  You will then be able to schedule your test date and time on the State Civil Service Commission’s website at


You will have a maximum of 4 hours to complete the test.  You will be required to analyze and appraise information; to apply law and regulations; to recognize and consider problems and implications; and to prepare clear, concise and well-organized written responses to case law questions.


The factors you will be rated on are Problem Solving Ability, Analytical Ability, and Written Communicative Ability.


You must take the test no later than July 27, 2013.


It will be to your advantage to become familiar with Articles I, II, III, IV and XIV of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act of 1915 (as amended) and 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 123 and 131.


If you lack basic keyboarding skills, contact the Test Administration Division at (717) 787-2935, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-5581 to make arrangements to take the test using paper and pencil.


The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.


The test also will be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Allentown, Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896. 


You may take the test once under this announcement.  You may not reapply until another examination is announced.


If this announcement does not produce enough names for a specific area, another test may be announced for that area only.




Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.




Complete your application on the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application to:



State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569


Applications and further information can be obtained from:



State Civil Service Commission:




Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.


Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text


Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685




Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone


(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing


callers only) (215) 560-4367




Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone


(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing


callers only) (412) 565-2484




PA CareerLink offices




The Human Resources office listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement


For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."