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NORTH CAROLINA INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION

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Welcome to the North Carolina Industrial Commission!

The Industrial Commission administers the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Tort Claims Act, the Childhood Vaccine-Related Injury Act, the Public Safety Employees' Death Benefits Act, the Act to Compensate Individuals Erroneously Convicted of Felonies, and the Eugenics Compensation Program. Our mission is to ensure all parties are treated fairly and equally in accordance with North Carolina State Law.

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COVID-19 FILING REQUIREMENTS: EDFP, EDI, AND ALL OTHER RULE 108 FILING REQUIREMENTS REMAIN IN EFFECT

For the Commission to efficiently process forms and other filings while working remotely, it is essential that all filers comply with Rule 11 NCAC 23A .0108 when filing forms and other documents.

Represented parties and Insurance Carriers/TPAs/Self-Insured Employers are required to file forms and documents electronically via EDFP, with the following limited exceptions:

  1. A Form 19 (in which case you are required to file the Form 19 via EDI, unless an exception listed in Paragraph (d) applies);
  2. A form or document listed in Table 1 of 11 NCAC 23A .0108; or
  3. A Notice of Appeal to the Court of Appeals.

Click here for more information and guidance on the rule requirements.
 

COVID-19 Response: Written Affirmation Without Notarization Allowed

In order to protect public health and safety by encouraging social distancing, and in light of Emergency Directive 5 contained in Chief Justice Beasley’s April 2, 2020 Order, the Industrial Commission has adopted the following policy, effective immediately and continuing until further notice:

When it is required that any pleading, motion, petition, supporting affidavit, or other document of any kind to be filed at the Industrial Commission be verified, or that an oath be taken, it shall be sufficient if the subscriber affirms the truth of the matter to be verified by an affirmation or representation in substantially the following language: “I(we) affirm, under the penalties for perjury, that the foregoing representation(s) is(are) true. (Signed)_____________________.”
 

COVID-19 Update: Parties Must Appear Remotely for Mediations Conducted Prior to June 1, 2020

Consistent with Chief Justice Beasley’s April 2, 2020 Order, all mediations held in Industrial Commission cases prior to June 1, 2020 shall be conducted with all parties appearing remotely or, in the alternative, be rescheduled for a date on or after June 1, 2020. If all parties do not consent to appear remotely, then the mediation must be rescheduled for a date on or after June 1, 2020.
 

COVID-19 Response: Industrial Commission Hearing Policies Through May 31, 2020

In order to protect public health and safety, and in light of Chief Justice Beasley’s April 2, 2020 Order requiring local courts to schedule or reschedule most cases in district and superior court for a date no sooner than June 1, 2020, the Industrial Commission has instituted the following policies, effective immediately and continuing through May 31, 2020.

Full Commission Hearings

All Full Commission oral arguments will be conducted by conference call. The Full Commission panel chair will provide the parties with a toll-free number and access code to dial into the conference call. All oral arguments that are normally recorded will continue to be recorded by a court reporter.

Deputy Commissioner Hearings (Non-Medical Motion Hearings)

All Deputy Commissioner hearings scheduled to be heard in April or May of 2020 will be continued to be reset on a future docket, with the exception of hearings on medical motions arising under G.S. §97-25(f) or unless the parties are notified otherwise.

Deputy Commissioner Hearings on Medical Motions

Deputy Commissioner hearings on medical motions arising under G.S. §97-25(f), which are statutorily required to be held within 30 days of the filing of the motion or appeal, will not be continued. Through the end of May 2020, these hearings will be conducted with all parties appearing remotely. The Deputy Commissioner before whom the hearing is scheduled may excuse the parties from appearing at the G.S. §97-25(f) hearing if the parties and the Deputy Commissioner agree that no lay witnesses are needed to decide the case, based on the parties’ stipulated facts and exhibits. If the parties are excused from appearing at the hearing because no lay witnesses are needed, the parties should proceed as usual with obtaining any expert medical testimony needed to close the record.

Executive Secretary Hearings

Consistent with existing procedure, all informal telephonic hearings conducted by the Executive Secretary’s Office will be by conference call.
 

COVID-19 Policy Update Regarding Electronic Signatures

In response to feedback from stakeholders, the Industrial Commission is now accepting all agreements that have been signed by one or more parties via DocuSign or a similar vendor that provides a graphic image of a signature placed on a document using secure software that verifies the identity of the user.
 

Industrial Commission Request to Attorneys Working Remotely

The Executive Secretary’s Office has been receiving a high volume of phone calls from legal assistants inquiring about the status of orders in cases where the orders already have been emailed to the attorneys. The Commission requests that attorneys working remotely please advise their assistants when orders are received. In the alternative, the Commission will transmit orders to both the attorney and the legal assistant if both email addresses are provided on the proposed order.
 

COVID-19 Response: Industrial Commission Secure Leave Policy

The Industrial Commission recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic will result in attorneys having to reschedule vacations, non-emergency medical procedures, and other plans for which secure leave was obtained. The rescheduled plans may then fall within the same calendar year for which three weeks of secure leave already has been granted and/or may not be known until less than 90 days before the requested secure leave period. Any attorney faced with this situation may file a motion under 11 NCAC 23E .0301 (Waiver of Rules) asking for a waiver or variance of the requirements or provisions of 11 NCAC 23E .0104 (Secure Leave Period for Attorneys). This motion should be filed in conjunction with the new secure leave written request.
 

Industrial Commission Accepting Agreements Signed Via DocuSign

The Industrial Commission has received inquiries about allowing employees to sign agreements via DocuSign in order to encourage social distancing. Because DocuSign is widely used in the North Carolina legal community for agreements and other transactions, the Industrial Commission is accepting all agreements that have been signed by one or more parties via DocuSign. This includes, but is not limited to, Compromise Settlement Agreements, Form 26As and other Form agreements, and Consent Agreements. An employee himself or herself must sign via DocuSign; an employee’s attorney cannot sign via DocuSign on behalf of an employee.
 

COVID-19 Response: Industrial Commission Filing Deadline Policy

The Industrial Commission has received some inquiries from attorneys regarding its current filing deadline policy. At this time, the Commission has not granted an automatic, blanket extension of filing deadlines for the following reasons:

  1. Parties may utilize the Industrial Commission’s Electronic Document Filing Portal (“EDFP”) to electronically file forms, responses, briefs, contentions, proposed opinions and awards/decisions and orders, proposed orders, and all other filings or documents to which a filing deadline applies. (Any attorney who is not registered to utilize EDFP but wishes to do so can find EDFP Registration Instructions by clicking here: www.louistepas.com/EDFPregistrationinstructions.pdf);
  2. The Industrial Commission continues to allow pro se plaintiffs and pro se non-insured employers to file all documents by facsimile, U.S. Mail, private courier service, or hand delivery; and
  3. Any party wishing to obtain an extension of a filing deadline for a reason related to COVID-19, or otherwise for good cause, may file a motion for an extension of time as allowed by applicable rules and statutes.

COVID-19 Response: Telehealth Coverage and Billing

The Industrial Commission has received several inquiries from health care providers regarding telehealth visits in lieu of in-person office visits, in light of health and safety concerns about COVID-19 transmission raised by nurse case managers, injured employees, and the health care providers. Please click here for answers to the most frequently asked questions about the telehealth visits.
 

COVID-19 Response: Medical Motion Hearings To Be Conducted Remotely

Effective March 23, 2020, and continuing through the end of April 2020, the Commission’s COVID-19 procedure for medical motion hearings arising under G.S. §97-25(f) is amended as follows:

All medical motion hearings before Deputy Commissioners shall be conducted with the parties appearing remotely. The presiding Deputy Commissioner will provide the parties a toll-free number and access code to dial into the remote hearing. Consistent with existing procedure, hearing testimony will be recorded by a court reporter.

Upon approval by the Deputy Commissioner, the parties will not be required to appear remotely if they stipulate that no lay witness testimony is necessary or agree to take any needed lay witness testimony by deposition. In such cases, the parties shall submit a Pre-Trial Agreement and a set of stipulated exhibits, and then proceed to take medical depositions.

Parties are strongly encouraged to explore options to avoid the necessity of appearing remotely by stipulating to facts in the Pre-Trial Agreement and/or by agreeing to take any needed lay witness testimony by deposition.
 

How to Contact the Claims Section and Information Specialists During COVID-19 State of Emergency

Claims Section

If you need to reach a member of the Claims Section, please email your inquiry to claimsadm@ic.nc.gov. If you do not have access to email, please call 919-716-1734 and leave a detailed message.

Information Specialists

If you need to reach an Information Specialist, please call 919-716-1700 or 800-688-8349 and follow the prompt for the Information Specialist Section. You may also email your inquiry to infospec@ic.nc.gov.
 

COVID-19 Mediation Policy Revision: Parties Must Appear Remotely for Mediations Conducted Prior to April 13, 2020

Consistent with Chief Justice Beasley’s emergency directive and in light of new guidance from the NC Dispute Resolution Commission, all mediations held in Industrial Commission cases prior to April 13, 2020 shall be conducted with all parties appearing remotely or, in the alternative, be rescheduled for a date on or after April 13, 2020. If all parties do not consent to appear remotely, then the mediation must be rescheduled for a date on or after April 13, 2020.
 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response: Industrial Commission Mediation Policy

Effective immediately and continuing until further notice, the Industrial Commission will liberally grant the following types of motions:

  1. Motions for an extension of time to complete a mediation to allow all mediation participants to safely appear in person at the mediation; and
  2. Motions to allow one or more parties to participate in a mediation via telephone or video conference.
IC Staff Working Remotely; Email Communication Encouraged

In light of Governor Cooper’s March 10, 2020 State of Emergency declaration regarding COVID-19 and consistent with guidance issued by the NC Department of Human Resources, the Industrial Commission is encouraging its staff to work remotely to the greatest extent possible. The Commission remains open for business but encourages you to contact Commission staff by email instead of by phone. Commission employees working remotely have easy and quick access to their email inbox on their laptops and other devices. By contrast, they do not have real time access to office phone calls when working remotely, and their voicemail messages are not forwarded to their personal phones. Email addresses can be found by going under the “Sections” tab on the Commission’s Home Page and clicking on the appropriate section of the Commission. The Commission is committed to continuing to serve you during this challenging time and appreciates your understanding and assistance.
 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response: Industrial Commission Hearing Policies

In order to protect public health and safety, and in light of Chief Justice Beasley’s March 13, 2020 Order requiring local courts to postpone most cases in district and superior court for at least 30 days, the Industrial Commission has instituted the following policies for hearings, effective immediately and continuing until further notice. These policies apply to all hearings that are scheduled to take place on or after Monday, March 16, 2020:

Deputy Commissioner Hearings

With the exception of hearings on medical motions arising under G.S. §97-25(f), all Deputy Commissioner hearings scheduled to be heard in March or April of 2020 will be continued to be reset on the next available docket, unless the parties are notified otherwise. Deputy Commissioner hearings on medical motions arising under G.S. §97-25(f), which are statutorily required to be held within 30 days of the filing of the motion or appeal, will not be continued. The Deputy Commissioner before whom the hearing is scheduled may, however, excuse the parties from appearing at the G.S. §97-25(f) hearing if the parties and the Deputy Commissioner agree that no lay witnesses are needed to decide the case, based on the parties’ stipulated facts and exhibits. If the parties are excused from appearing at the hearing because no lay witnesses are needed, the parties should proceed as usual with obtaining any expert medical testimony needed to close the record.

Full Commission Hearings

All Full Commission oral arguments will be conducted by conference call. The Full Commission panel chair will provide the parties with a toll-free number and access code to dial into the conference call. Consistent with existing procedure, all oral arguments will continue to be recorded by a court reporter, with the exception of medical motion oral arguments made pursuant to 11 NCAC 23A .0609A(h).

Executive Secretary Hearings

Consistent with existing procedure, all informal telephonic hearings conducted by the Executive Secretary’s Office will be by conference call.
 

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