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Most Support Virtual Proceedings, but Some Question Efficiency in Comments on WCAB Rules

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 4

Comments on rules that the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board proposed to facilitate remote hearings in California show some divide in how system users view virtual proceedings. By a roughly 5-to-1 margin, people commenting on proposed rules for remote hearings said such proceedings are fast and efficient and should be continued — at least for the duration of the pandemic, if not longer. Opponents, however, said telephone and webcams are not a suitable replacement for face-to-face interactions, and remote hearings are not an efficient way to expeditiously resolve issue...

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