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Chapter 3.3. Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board

Article 3. Prehearing Procedure Discovery, and Motions

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§373. Expedited Proceeding.

(a) Upon motion of a party or upon its own motion, the Appeals Board may order an expedited proceeding. All parties shall be notified and shall be expected to do all things necessary to complete the proceeding in the minimum time consistent with fairness. Time limits for filing a motion to compel discovery, and for responsive filings under Section 372.6 may be shortened as necessary to accommodate the expedited date for disposition of the case.

(b) Where the Appeals Board is aware or is notified that an alleged violation appealed is classified by the Division of Occupational Safety & Health as a Serious, Repeat Serious, Willful Serious, Willful, Willful Repeat or Failure to Abate, and either abatement is on appeal, or abatement has not occurred, the Appeals Board shall expedite the proceeding.

(c) The Appeals Board shall serve parties written explanation of the expedited process, a notification of docketing, a copy of the docketed appeal forms and citations, a standing order compelling discovery, a stipulation form, and a status conference notice.

(1) A telephonic status conference shall be held within 30 days of the docketing of the appeal. At that time, the ALJ will confirm that the expedited process is appropriate, review the requirements of the expedited process with the parties, review pending and impending discovery, and make such orders regarding any matter as needed to meet the timetable of this section,

(2) A telephonic prehearing conference shall be held within 60 days of the status conference. The prehearing conference will proceed under Section 374. The parties will be required to stipulate to undisputed facts, identify issues, and raise issues regarding the admissibility of evidence. The parties shall identify all witnesses and exhibits they intend to call or introduce at the hearing.

(3) A hearing shall be held within 60 days of the prehearing conference and will be scheduled for one day and adjusted, if necessary.

(4) The Appeals Board or a party may bring a motion to shorten the timeframes set forth in subsections (c)(1)-(3) on a showing of good cause.

Note: Authority cited: Sections 148.7 and 149.5, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 148.7 and 149.5, Labor Code.


1. Amendment filed 8-16-99; operative 9-15-99 (Register 99, No. 34).

2. New subsections (b)-(c)(4) filed 4-15-2013; operative 7-1-2013 (Register 2013, No. 16).

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