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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 2. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board--Rules and Practice Procedure
Article 4. Conduct of Parties, Attorneys and Non-Attorney Representatives
(a) Except as prohibited by rule 10445, a non-attorney representative may act on behalf of a party in proceedings before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board if the party has been informed that the non-attorney representative is not licensed to practice law by the State of California.
(b) A non-attorney representative shall be held to the same professional standards of conduct as an attorney.
(c) A non-attorney representative shall file and serve a notice of representation before filing a document or appearing on behalf of a party unless the information required to be included in the notice of representation is set forth on an opening document.
(1) If the non-attorney representative is appearing pursuant to an agreement between a law firm or other entity that provides non-attorney representatives and a party, the notice of representation shall include:
(A) The name of the represented party;
(B) The legal name, mailing address, email address, telephone number and form of the law firm or other entity;
(C) The name, mailing address and email address of the law firm or other entity's agent for service of process;
(D) The name of the person who entered into an agreement on behalf of the law firm or other entity with the party to provide non-attorney representatives; and
(E) The name of the non-attorney representative responsible for assuring that appearances are made on behalf of the party.
(2) If a non-attorney representative is appearing as an individual pursuant to an agreement between the non-attorney representative and a party, the notice of representation shall include the name of the represented party and the non-attorney representative's name, mailing address, email address and telephone number.
(d) The name of the non-attorney representative and any entity responsible for providing a party with the non-attorney representative shall be set forth on the record of proceedings at all appearances and on any pleading, document or lien prepared or filed by a non-attorney representative.
(e) If an attorney is responsible for supervising a non-attorney representative, the attorney shall be identified in all documents. The supervising attorney's specific written authorization must be included with all Compromise and Release agreements and Stipulations with Request for Award.
(f) A non-attorney representative whose name is not on the notice of representation must file a notice of appearance as provided in rule 10751 before appearing before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.
(g) Non-attorney representatives of lien claimants shall also comply with the requirements set forth in rule 10868.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 133, 5307 and 5700, Labor Code. Reference: Section 4907, Labor Code; and Section 6126, Business and Professions Code.
1. Repealer and new section filed 12-17-2019; operative 1-1-2020. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2019, No. 51).
2. Amendment of subsections (c)(1)(B)-(C) and (c)(2) filed 12-15-2021; operative 1-1-2022 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3). Submitted to OAL for filing and printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2021, No. 51).