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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 2. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board--Rules and Practice Procedure
Article 18. Reconsideration, Removal and Disqualification

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§ 10955. Petitions for Removal and Answers.

(a) At any time within 20 days after the service of the order or decision, or of the occurrence of the action in issue, any party may petition for removal based upon one or more of the following grounds:
(1) The order, decision or action will result in significant prejudice.
(2) The order, decision or action will result in irreparable harm.
The petitioner must also demonstrate that reconsideration will not be an adequate remedy after the issuance of a final order, decision or award. Failure to file the petition to remove timely shall constitute valid ground for dismissing the petition for removal.
(b) The petition for removal and any answer shall be verified upon oath in the manner required for verified pleadings in courts of record.
(c) A copy of the petition for removal shall be served forthwith upon all parties by the petitioner. Any adverse party may file an answer within 10 days after service. No supplemental petitions, pleadings or responses shall be considered unless requested or approved by the Appeals Board.
(d) A workers' compensation judge may, within 15 days of the filing of the petition for removal, rescind the order or decision in issue, or take action to resolve the issue raised in the petition. If the workers' compensation judge so acts, or if the petitioner withdraws the petition at any time, the petition for removal will be deemed automatically dismissed, requiring no further action by the Appeals Board. The issuance of a new order or decision, or the occurrence of a new action, will recommence the time period for filing a petition for removal as described above.
(e) The filing of a petition for removal does not terminate the workers' compensation judge's authority to proceed in a case or require the workers' compensation judge to continue or cancel a previously scheduled hearing absent direction from the Appeals Board. After a petition for removal has been filed, the workers' compensation judge shall consult with the presiding workers' compensation judge prior to proceeding in the case or continuing or canceling a scheduled hearing.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 133, 5307, 5309 and 5708, Labor Code. Reference: Section 5310, Labor Code.
1. Renumbering and amendment of former section 10843 to section 10955 filed 12-17-2019; operative 1-1-2020. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2019, No. 51). For prior history, see Register 2008, No. 47.

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