Office of Adjudication

Office of Adjudication

Announcements

  • Attorneys Filing UEGF Notices of Claims: In addition to filing your UEGF Notice of Claim online, you must also submit hard copies to the Department containing the Claimant's original signature.
     
    Department policy requires that notice to the Department be provided by mail, as set forth in 34 Pa. Code § 123.802, which states: "Notice to the Fund shall consist of completing and mailing the [Notice]…" and "[t]he Notice will be deemed filed as of the date of the Notice's deposit in the United States Mail…"
     
    Notices filed solely online will not be processed if hard copies containing the Claimant's original signature are not also filed with the Department. Mail hard copies to the addresses listed on the LIBC-551, Notice of Claim Against Uninsured Employers.
     
  • The WCAB/WCJ Rules were published in proposed form in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday, February 22, 2014. They can be found at the following link: http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol44/44-8/373.html
     
    Per the proposed rulemaking, interested parties are to submit written comments within 30 days of publication to Elizabeth A. Crum, Director, Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication, WCAB/WCJ Regulations-Comments, 1010 North Seventh Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.
     
    After the 30 day comment period, all comments will be reviewed and considered for possible revision prior to final form submission.
     
  • WC FORMS NOTICE: The workers' compensation forms listed on the Department of Labor & Industry website are provided for your immediate use. However, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication require their use on the effective dates noted on the website. Previous versions of these forms submitted after their effective dates will not be accepted and will be returned to the filing party.
     
  • Effective close of business October 11, 2013, the Hazleton Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication, located at 1201A North Church Street, Suite 203, Hazle Township, PA, 18101, will permanently close. Business will no longer be conducted at this site, mail will be forwarded to the Pottsville Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication (WCOA) and phone calls will be forwarded to the Pottsville Office for a period of six months.
     
    Cases will be heard in either Wilkes-Barre, Pottsville or Bloomsburg.
     
    Contact information for the Pottsville WCOA is listed below:
     
    112 South Claude A. Lord Blvd.
    2nd Floor
    Pottsville, PA 17901
    Phone: 570-621-3146
     
  • CIMS Claims Converting to WCAIS (effective September 2013).
     
  • Notice Regarding WCOA Email Resource Accounts: Email resource accounts have been created for all WCOA field offices. These email accounts may be used to send emails and certain documents to any WCOA field office. Additional information about the email resource accounts is available here.
     
  • Due to changes in Federal regulations, Pennsylvania recently made changes to the Unemployment Compensation (UC) Chapter 61 regulations, effective February 12, 2011. The regulations now contain provisions which limit the use of unemployment compensation information in courts. Information on how to obtain Unemployment Benefits Offset Information for use in Workers' Compensation claims in light of these changes is available here.
     
  • To request security for a hearing or mediation, please call the assigned judge's office and ask for the clerical supervisor. Please call as far as possible in advance of the hearing or mediation date, and be prepared to supply necessary information including the date and time of the hearing or mediation and the nature of the security concern.
     
  • The Office of Adjudication has implemented the resolution hearing procedures required by Act 147 of 2006. These procedures are available to expedite hearings and decisions on compromise and release agreements.
     
    Review the procedures in Lower Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. (PDF)
     
    Review the procedures in all other counties. (PDF)
     
  • Act 109 of 2006, which became effective on Sep. 5, 2006, requires claimants to provide child support collection information to workers' compensation judges in certain cases. When Act 109 applies, the workers' compensation judge may not circulate a decision without the required information.
     
    • Read Act 109, requiring workers' compensation judges to collect child support information from claimants.
    • Conduct lien searches on the PA Child Support site by following the link and clicking "Lien Search" on the left side of the page.
    • Employee/Dependent Statement form (Note: this is NOT an official LIBC form). Form revised 3/2011.

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