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§ 710. Payment of compensation; department's duties, hearing; trial schedule

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 77 P.S. Workers’ CompensationEffective: November 9, 2006

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 77 P.S. Workers' Compensation (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 6. Procedure (Refs & Annos)
Procedure Before Board, Department or Referee in General (Refs & Annos)
Effective: November 9, 2006
77 P.S. § 710
§ 710. Payment of compensation; department's duties, hearing; trial schedule
The department shall, in fulfillment of its responsibilities under this act, enforce the time standards and other performance standards herein provided for the prompt processing of injury cases and payment of compensation when due by employers and insurers both upon petition by a party or on its own motion. In any case in which compensation has not been timely paid, or in which notice of denial of compensation has been given, the department shall hear and determine all claim petitions for compensation filed by employes or their dependents. The department shall also hear and determine all petitions by employers or insurers to suspend, terminate, reduce or otherwise modify compensation payments, awards, or agreements and petitions by employes or their dependents to increase, modify or reinstate compensation payments, awards, or agreements. Hearings shall be scheduled forthwith upon receipt of the claim petition or other petition, as the case may be, and determinations thereon shall be made promptly and in conformity with time standards herein or hereunder established. Such hearings shall be conducted by a workers' compensation judge or other hearing officer designated by the secretary.
Each workers' compensation judge assigned to conduct hearings shall set forth a mandatory trial schedule at the first hearing. This trial schedule shall include specific deadlines for the presentation of evidence by the parties and dates for future hearings. Judges shall strictly enforce their schedules, and no party will be excused from honoring the schedule absent good cause shown. Every trial schedule shall include a specific date and time for a mediation conference. Mediations shall take place no later than thirty (30) days prior to the date set for filing proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law or legal briefs or memoranda unless, upon good cause shown, the workers' compensation judge determines mediation would be futile. Within one hundred twenty (120) days of the effective date of this paragraph, the Office of Adjudication shall create a resolution hearing procedure to hear compromise and release agreements in an expedited manner. The hearing shall be held within fourteen (14) business days of notice of a commutation or compromise and release.
The workers' compensation judge conducting a resolution hearing will not be required to have received formal assignment by the Workers' Compensation Bureau of the compromise and release petition prior to conducting the resolution hearing. At the time of hearing, the parties shall submit proof of filing a petition to the workers' compensation judge hearing the compromise and release matter. A workers' compensation judge shall render a decision within five (5) business days of the hearing.
Delays in hearings will be granted according to rules established by the department, and any party who unreasonably delays a hearing will be subject to a penalty as provided in section 435.1 Subject to the provisions of the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L. 769, No. 240),2 known as the “Commonwealth Documents Law,” the department shall adopt such rules and regulations as it finds necessary or desirable for the enforcement of this act.


1915, June 2, P.L. 736, No. 338, art. IV, § 401.1, added 1972, Feb. 8, P.L. 25, No. 12, § 3. Amended 2006, Nov. 9, P.L. 1362, No. 147, § 3, imd. effective.


77 P.S. § 991.
45 P.S. § 1102 et seq.
77 P.S. § 710, PA ST 77 P.S. § 710
Current through Act 13 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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