DWC announces the return of virtual audiences

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The Workers’ Compensation Division (DWC) announced today that effective January 12, 2022, all hearings will be heard virtually. Until further notice, DWC will hear all trials, privilege trials, expedited hearings and Special Arbitration Unit (SAU) trials by telephone. Additionally, Mandatory Settlement Conferences, Priority Conferences, Status Conferences, SAU Conferences, and Privilege Conferences will continue to be held on the conference lines of individually assigned judges, as announced in the published Newslines. April 3, April 28, May 28, August 12, September 9, 2020 and September 1, 2021.

The division recognizes that due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, a break from in-person hearings is needed at this time. The break will continue until the end of the month and will be reassessed at that time. DWC hearing notices will not change, but parties should be aware that as of January 12, 2022, if a trial, expedited hearing, privilege trial, or SAU trial is held at a district office, all parties should call the conference line assigned to judges and not appear in person. Conference lines assigned to judges can be found on the DWC web page. All division offices will remain open during this period.

If a party to a DWC hearing has a question about a specific case, they can contact the DWC Call Center at (909) 383-4522.

The California Department of Industrial Relations, established in 1927, protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of more than 18 million employees and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. The DIR is hosted within the Agency for the Development of Labor and Manpower

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