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Title 8. Industrial Relations
Division 1. Department of Industrial Relations
Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 1.8.5. Electronic Adjudication Management System Rules
Article 2. Electronic Filing
§10205.4. Adjudication Files.
(a) All cases filed on and after the effective date of these regulations shall be maintained by the Division of Workers' Compensation in an electronic format in EAMS. All paper documents properly filed in such cases shall be scanned into the EAMS adjudication file and then destroyed no less than 30 business days after filing.
(b) All case opening documents shall be given a case number by the district office where no case number has been previously assigned for the injured worker for the alleged date of injury. The parties shall be notified of the case number by their preferred method of service.
(c) If a case number has been previously assigned by the Division of Workers' Compensation, a new case number will be assigned when a document is filed as follows: the prefix “ADJ” shall replace the previously assigned three letter prefix (i.e. “OAK”) and precede the assigned case number.
(d) Except as provided in section 10208.7, the Division of Workers' Compensation shall maintain a paper adjudication file until it is converted to an electronic adjudication file. If, however, a paper adjudication file is maintained on or after the effective date of these regulations, an electronic adjudication file shall also be created and any documents filed thereafter shall be maintained electronically in EAMS, in accordance with subdivision (c).
(e) A paper adjudication file or a portion of a paper adjudication file may be converted to an electronic adjudication file by the Division of Workers' Compensation at any time. If a paper adjudication file is completely scanned into EAMS the Division of Workers' Compensation shall notify the parties to the case of the change in how the file is maintained; and the paper adjudication file may be destroyed no less than 30 business days after the issuance of the notification.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 111, 133, 138.2(b) and 5307.3, Labor Code; and Stats. 2011, c. 559, §17 (A.B. 1426). Reference: Section 126, Labor Code.
1. Renumbering of former section 10216 to new section 10205.4, including amendment of subsection (d) and Note, filed 12-10-2012 as a change without regulatory effect pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations by the Division of Workers' Compensation and as a file and print by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2012, No. 50).
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