Objection to the petition by the employee shall be filed in writing within fourteen (14) days of service of the petition, and shall state the facts in support of the employee's contention that the petition should be denied, and shall be accompanied by a Declaration of Readiness to Proceed to Expedited Hearing. All supporting medical reports shall be attached to the objection. The objection shall also show that service of the objection and the reports attached thereto has been made upon petitioner or counsel.
Upon the filing of a timely objection, where it appears that the employee is not or may not be working and is not or may not be receiving disability indemnity, the petition to terminate shall be set for expedited hearing not less than ten (10) nor more than thirty (30) days from the date of the receipt of the objection.
If complete disposition of the petition to terminate cannot be made at the hearing, the workers' compensation judge assigned thereto, based on the record, including the allegations of the petition, the objection thereto, and the evidence (if any) at said hearing, shall forthwith issue an interim order directing whether temporary disability indemnity shall or shall not continue during the pendency of proceedings on the petition to terminate. Said interim order shall not be considered a final order, and will not preclude a complete adjudication of the petition to terminate or the issue of temporary disability or any other issue after full hearing of the issues.
Authority cited: Sections 133 and 5307, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 4650 and 4651.1, Labor Code.
1. Amendment of section and Note filed 12-19-2002; operative 1-1-2003. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2002, No. 51).