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Title 8. Industrial Relations
Division 1. Department of Industrial Relations
Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 2. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board -Rules and Practice Procedure
(a) This rule applies to injuries occurring on or after January 1, 1990.
(b) Any application for adjudication that lists one or more disputes involving an issue set forth in Labor Code section 5275(a), shall be accompanied by an arbitration submittal form. The arbitration submittal form shall indicate that either:
(1) an arbitrator has been selected pursuant to Labor Code section 5271(a), or
(2) an unsuccessful attempt has been made to select an arbitrator and the presiding workers' compensation judge is requested pursuant to Labor Code section 5271(b), to assign a panel of five arbitrators.
(c) If the parties have agreed to an arbitrator pursuant to Labor Code section 5271(c), the presiding judge shall, within six (6) days of receipt of the arbitration submittal form, order the issue or issues in dispute submitted for arbitration pursuant to Labor Code sections 5272, 5273, 5276 and 5277.
(d) If the arbitration submittal form requests a panel pursuant to Labor Code section 5271(b), the presiding judge shall, within six (6) days of receipt of the arbitration submittal form, serve on each of the parties an identical list of five arbitrators selected at random pursuant to Labor Code 5271(b). For each party in excess of one party in the capacity of employer and one party in the capacity of injured employee or lien claimant, the presiding judge shall randomly select two additional arbitrators to add to the panel in accordance with the selection process set forth in Labor Code section 5721(c). Each of the parties shall strike two arbitrators from the list and return it to the presiding judge within six (6) days after service. Failure to timely return the list shall constitute a waiver of a party's right to participate in the selection process. If one arbitrator remains, the presiding judge shall, within six (6) days of return of the lists from the parties, order the issue or issues submitted for arbitration before the selected arbitrator pursuant to Labor Code sections 5272, 5273, 5276 and 5277. If more than one arbitrator remains on the panel, the presiding judge shall randomly select an arbitrator from the remaining panelists.
(e) If the parties to the dispute have stricken all the arbitrators from the panel, the presiding judge shall, within six (6) days of receipt of the last of the returned lists, serve on each of the parties to the dispute a new list of five arbitrators and any additional arbitrators required by Labor Code section 5271(c), selected at random but excluding the names of the arbitrators on the prior list. Each of the parties to the dispute shall again strike two arbitrators from the list and return it to the presiding judge within six (6) days after service. This procedure shall continue until one or more arbitrators remain on the lists returned to the presiding judge.
(f) The parties shall provide all necessary materials to the arbitrator. Any paper file shall remain in the custody of the district office.
(g) A copy of any final decision, order or award from the arbitrator, together with a copy of the record developed as set forth in Labor Code sections 5276 and 5277, shall be filed with the presiding judge of the district office having venue.
The district office shall scan the copies of the arbitrator's the decision, order or award and record into the EAMS adjudication file and, after scanning, shall destroy the copies.