Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) - Rules of Practice and Procedure

Title 8, California Code of Regulations
Section 10300-10995

Filed with Secretary of State - December 15, 2021
Effective - January 1, 2022

History of Rules of Practice and Procedure
Section 10300-10995

Time and Conference Call-In Number for Public Hearing

An online public hearing via the Zoom meeting platform has been scheduled in lieu of an in-person public hearing to permit all interested persons the opportunity to present statements or arguments orally or in writing relevant to the proposed action.  The online public hearing will be held at the following time:

Date: September 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, or until conclusion of business
For Hearing Call-In Number:

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Password: 211916

Or Telephone:

USA 404 443 6397
USA 8773361831 (US Toll Free)
Conference code: 852415
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Throughout the rulemaking process, the WCAB will have its entire rulemaking file available for inspection and copying on the internet at  In addition, the above-cited materials may be accessed at the WCAB’s office at 455 Golden Gate Avenue, 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), by request.  Requests to inspect and copy the physical rulemaking file at the WCAB’s office, as well as nonsubstantive inquiries concerning this action, such as requests to be added to the mailing list for rulemaking notices, requests for copies of the text of the proposed regulations, the Initial Statement of Reasons, and any supplemental information contained in the rulemaking file may be directed, in writing, to the contact person:

Julie Podbereski, Regulations Coordinator
Department of Industrial Relations
Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 9th floor
San Francisco, CA 94102


The telephone number of the contact person is (415) 703-4560.


In the event the contact person is unavailable, or to obtain responses to questions regarding the substance of the proposed regulations, inquiries should be directed to the following backup contact persons:

Rachel E. Brill 
Industrial Relations Counsel
Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
Post Office Box 429459
San Francisco, CA 94142-9459


The telephone number of the backup contact person is (415) 703-4560.

Note: In the event the backup contact person/contact person for substantive questions is unavailable, inquiries should be directed to the following alternative backup contact person/contact person for substantive questions at the same address and email address: Anne Schmitz, Deputy Commissioner.


Equal weight will be accorded to oral and written comments.  However, pursuant to Government Code § 11546.7, the WCAB strongly prefers written comments submitted electronically using the comment submission form.  A separate submission must be individually completed and separately submitted for each rule comment. Electronic comments submitted in any other format will not be accepted or considered.

Written comments may also be submitted in hard copy by mail, delivery service, or personal delivery to the address below.  In keeping with Government Code § 11546.7, hard copy comments should consist only of text-based narratives, should not contain any other formatting such as letterheads or graphics, and should not rely on the use of color or images to convey information not conveyed in the text-based narrative.  Improperly formatted hard-copy documents will be subject to rejection and may not be accepted or considered.

Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
Attention: Julie Podbereski, Regulations Coordinator
455 Golden Gate Avenue
Ninth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

If written comments are timely submitted prior to the public hearing, it is not necessary to present oral comments at the public hearing.  The written comment period closes at 4:00 PM on Friday, September 24, 2021.  The WCAB will consider only comments it has received by that time.