COVID-19: WCAB Issues Emergency En Banc Decision for Emailing Documents
On Monday, April 6, the WCAB voted unanimously to issue an emergency en banc decision to order that certain documents may be emailed directly to district offices or the WCAB to help facilitate compliance with public health measures in the wake of COVID-19.

The order states, in part:

 Documents may be sent by email directly to the Appeals Board pursuant to WCAB Rule 10940(b) and consistent with this decision.

Documents that may be emailed include, but are not limited to, correspondence relating to a petition for reconsideration that has been granted for further study by the Appeals Board.

Documents sent by email should include the information required for pleadings by WCAB Rule 10520 and an email address for the sending party.

Petitions for reconsideration, removal, or disqualification and answers should still be filed in EAMS or with the district office having venue pursuant to WCAB Rule 10940(a).

Documents may be sent by email to WCABEmergencyBox@dir.ca.gov and will be responded to per the Appeals Board’s normal operating procedures.

Documents subject to a statutory time limit may be sent by email directly to the district offices pursuant to AD Rule 10205.7(c) where the filing party could not otherwise e-file, JETfile or file the document by mail. 

Information regarding email addresses for filing documents by email with the district offices is available on the DWC’s webpage .

All parties are reminded that ex parte communications are prohibited per WCAB Rule 10410 so all parties to the matter must be served.

For more details, read the complete en banc decision by clicking here .