Petitions for reconsideration, petitions for removal and petitions for disqualification shall be referred to the workers' compensation judge from whose decisions or actions relief is sought. If the workers' compensation judge prepares a report, it shall contain:
(a) A statement of the contentions raised by the petition;
(b) A discussion of the support in the record for the findings of fact and the conclusions of law that serve as a basis for the decision or order as to each contention raised by the petition, or, in the case of a petition for disqualification, a specific response to the allegations and, if appropriate, a discussion of any failure by the petitioner to comply with the procedures set forth in rule 10960; and
(c) The action recommended on the petition.
The workers' compensation judge shall submit the report to the Appeals Board within 15 days after the petition is filed unless the Appeals Board grants an extension of time. The workers' compensation judge shall serve a copy of the report on the parties and any lien claimant, the validity of whose lien is specifically questioned by the petition, at the time the report is submitted to the Appeals Board.
If the workers' compensation judge assigned to the case is unavailable, the presiding workers' compensation judge shall prepare and serve the report.
1. Renumbering and amendment of former section 10860 to section 10962 filed 12-17-2019; operative 1-1-2020. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2019, No. 51).