Newsline No. 14-13  
March 7, 2013  
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WCAB issues notice of April 16 public hearing on proposed amendments to rules

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) has issued a notice of public hearing regarding proposed amendments to its Rules of Practice and Procedure (Rules). The public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the Santa Barbara Room, Basement Level, of the Hiram Johnson State Office Building, 455 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102. Members of the public may also submit written comment on the proposed Rules amendments until 5 p.m. that day.
These changes are largely being proposed in light of Senate Bill 863 (Stats. 2012, ch. 363 [SB 863].)

The WCAB’s notice of the proposed rulemaking, the text of the proposed regulations, and the initial statement of reasons can be found on the web page.

Although equal weight will be accorded to oral and written comments, the WCAB prefers written comments to oral testimony and prefers written comments submitted by e-mail.  If written comments are submitted by the deadline of April 16 no later than 5 p.m., it is not necessary to present oral testimony at the public hearing.

Comments may be submitted by e-mail to or they may be mailed to:

Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
Attention: Annette Gabrielli, Regulations Coordinator
P.O. Box 429459
San Francisco CA 94142-9459

The WCAB will consider all timely public comments and it encourages all interested members of the workers’ compensation community to participate in this important process.