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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 2. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board--Rules and Practice Procedure
Article 2. Powers, Duties and Responsibilities

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§10353. Settlement Conference Authority.

(a) In accordance with Labor Code section 5502, subdivision (e)(2), the workers' compensation judge shall have authority to inquire into the adequacy and completeness, including provision for lien claims, of compromise and release agreements or stipulations with request for award or orders, and to issue orders approving compromise and release agreements or awards or orders based upon approved stipulations. The workers' compensation judge may make orders and rulings regarding admission of evidence and discovery matters, including admission of offers of proof and stipulations of testimony where appropriate and necessary for resolution of the dispute(s) by the workers' compensation judge, and may submit and decide the dispute(s) on the record pursuant to the agreement of the parties. The workers' compensation judge shall not hear sworn testimony at any conference.

(b) The workers' compensation judge may temporarily adjourn a conference to a time certain to facilitate a specific resolution of the dispute(s) subject to Labor Code section 5502, subdivision (e)(1).

Subject to the provisions of Labor Code Section 5502.5 and Rule 10416, upon a showing of good cause, the workers' compensation judge may continue a mandatory settlement conference to a date certain, may continue it to a status conference on a date certain, or may take the case off calendar. In such a case, the workers' compensation judge shall note the reasons for the continuance or order taking off calendar in the minutes. The minutes shall be served on all parties and lien claimants, and their representatives.

(c) Absent resolution of the dispute(s), the parties shall file at the mandatory settlement conference a joint pre-trial statement setting forth the issues and stipulations for trial, witnesses, exhibits, and the proposed permanent disability rating as provided by Labor Code Section 4065. The parties may modify their proposed ratings only when evidence, relevant to the proposed ratings, and disclosed or obtained after the mandatory settlement conference, becomes admissible pursuant to Labor Code Section 5502, subdivision (e)(3).

A summary of conference proceedings including the joint pre-trial conference statement and the disposition shall be filed by the workers' compensation judge in the record of the proceedings on a form prescribed and approved by the Appeals Board and shall be served on the parties.


Authority cited: Sections 133, 5307 and 5502, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 5502 and 5502.5, Labor Code.


1. New section exempt from OAL review pursuant to Government Code section 11351, filed 12-19-90; operative 1-1-91 (Register 91, No. 7).

2. Amendment of section heading and text filed 12-23-93; operative 1-1-94. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 93, No. 52).

3. 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).

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